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October 25th, 2010
If You Needed Concrete Proof of How Uninformed America's Young Voters Are...

If this doesn't tell you how little America's youth is educated on the political systems...this quote should make you blink three times in shock...

“Most students don’t care about elections in general,” 20-year-old sophomore Melody Mostow said after the class last week. “In most midterm elections, there’s not that central person for us to rally around.”

Indiana University professor Gerald Wright opened his class on congressional elections by asking students if they saw the previous night’s school-sponsored U.S. House candidate debate a few blocks from campus.

Among almost 60 students, three hands went up.

The thrill is gone for many voters under age 30 who turned out in 2008 to vote for President Barack Obama by a 2-1 nationwide margin. This year, fewer than three in 10 voters under age 30 say they will definitely cast ballots in the Nov. 2 congressional elections, down from 36 percent 11 months ago, according to a poll by Harvard University’s Institute of Politics released Oct. 21.

That’s disheartening for Democrats representatives, like Baron Hill in southeast Indiana student voting in 2008 led to his victory by a margin to 58 percent. It was his biggest win ever in a district that voted Republican in the previous three presidential elections and includes the 42,000-student university in Bloomington.

“I’m trying to follow the election a little bit, but I’m not really motivated,” said Chris Williams, 22, who voted for Obama and Hill in 2008. “I don’t really like any of the candidates.”

Williams said he hasn’t decided whether he’ll support Hill or vote at all. Two years ago Obama created a sense he cared about young people, said Williams, who graduated and now works at the campus bookstore. “There’s not that kind of excitement this time.”

Voters age 18 to 29 have been Democrats’ biggest backers among any age group in the past three national elections. Enthusiasm for the Democratic Party also is slipping. While 56 percent of young voters this year say they are Democrats or leaning that way, that’s down from 62 percent in 2008, according to polling by Pew. Republican affiliation rose 6 points to 36 percent.

On top of that, Obama’s job approval rating has dipped to 49 percent among young voters from 58 percent in November 2009, according to the Harvard poll.

In the closing weeks of the campaign, Obama has held rallies at the University of Wisconsin and Ohio State University and hosted a televised town-hall meeting on cable channels MTV, BET and CMT.

But that doesn't seem to be catching the iPodded ear of these 'unenthused youths'...

Justin Kingsolver, 20, president of the College Republicans at Indiana University, said that while most students “don’t even know there’s an election,” a record 160 people attended his group’s first meeting this school year.






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