Political apathy- 18-29 twice as likely than 65 and older to report low political interest. Age and political knowledge- young ppl are less likely to know answers to political questions than older ppl. Presidential election turnout rates- young ppl are less interested in politics and less likely to be regular voters. Government- institutions and processes through which public policies are made for a society. Politics: process by which we select our governmental leaders and what policies they pursue, politics produces authoritative decisions about public issues. Harold lasswell: who gets what, where, and how, who- candidates, groups, parties, voters, when- policy mady by gov, how- people participate in politics both conventional and unconventional forms of participating in politics. Policymaking system: process by which policy comes into being and evolves, people"s interest, problems, and concerns, create political issues for gov. policy makers and shape policy that impacts society.