The reaction from the traditional media and the opinion columns is one of Last Database surprise and confusion because the citizenry, taking a massive interest in public issues such as the Constitution to the detriment of other more Last Database mundane ones such as crime, in reality is in a process of (re)politicization and not polarization. Voter turnout and covid-19 A final element to analyze when looking at the results of the plebiscite is the level of electoral participation. There are different Last Database stories here depending on what data is used in the comparison, so it is important to clarify some issues.
The first point to Last Database mention is that Chile is, compared to the rest of the region, a country with a historically low electoral turnout. Even in the times when a compulsory voting system was in force, it is possible to identify a significant drop, mainly among the new generations, in Last Database turnout at the polls. The second point is that comparisons of participation levels are often made on different bases. The day after the plebiscite, a Last Database graph produced by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) office in Chile was circulated showing that in 2013, after the introduction of voluntary voting.
Electoral Last Database participation would have decreased from 87% to 47%. However, this comparison has two problems: the first is that it compares the number of voters with the number of those registered in the Electoral Registry, ignoring that before 2012 Last Database registration was voluntary. The second thing is that it does not take care of the decreasing registration in those registries either. Thus, Patricio Navia (2004)reestimates these rates Last Database from 1988 to 2001, using the voting age population (PEV) as a base, which is the equivalent of the current census. In his work, he shows that already in 2001 electoral participation in Chile was around 58%. So the bottom line.