By Tanya Brenton
In an ideal country, college campuses would be filled with students passionate about the upcoming election. Clubs representing opposing parties would set up booths, relaying their message. Events would be held for students to view the debates. Fliers would be posted throughout the quad stressing the importance of voting. However, this is not the case at many universities.
It is no secret that the presidential debates have been a little more focused on the concerns of older Americans. According to statistics from the Center for Information on Civic Learning Engagement, 51% of Americans under the age of 30 voted in the 2008 presidential election, whereas 70% of Americans over the age of 65 cast a vote.
Because of this, the candidates focus their efforts on social security and Medicare, instead of student loans, college tuition, education cuts, etc. because they feel that the youth is not listening and does not care about the outcome of the election.
When you talk to college students, you will get a mixed reaction to their view on politics. There are those who have their firm beliefs, yet their views may have simply been handed down through their families. When asked to support their ideas, many are closed-minded and ignorant and cannot credibly backup their thoughts.
Most of the students you talk to, however, will say that they don’t know much about politics, and they don’t feel educated enough to make a decision. And they don’t seem too concerned.
The older generation looks at college students as being too distracted by social media. It is up to college students to become informed and realize the importance of their vote and the impact the next elected president will have on their futures.
Your vote does matter! Be there November 6th at you local voting station to cast your vote! To help promote the 2012 election, WCSU students in the Writing, Linguistics and Creative Process Department's Advertising, Copywriting and Promotions class created a Twitter page. Also check out their blogs at www.danbury.patch.com. Get educated on whom to vote for by visiting our Facebook page.