Young Voters: Lost Enthusiasm for Sham Politics?

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The relationship between youth and politics isn’t just a tug-of-war between Republicans and Democrats. It has turned into a battle to convince 46 million young citizens that government is worth their while, in this election — and for the rest of their lives.

Amanda Price, 20, said that messages for people her age are drowned out by the bitter partisan mudslinging.

“The commercials and ads on TV — it makes me sick,” she said. “One side is bashing the other side and vice versa. It’s disgusting. I want to know what you stand for, not what the other people are doing wrong.”

That set off vigorous nods of agreement at the table where she was sitting while taking a break from classes at Maple Woods Community College. Most students at her table said they’re going to vote. But one idea echoed: the tiredness these 20-somethings feel seeing candidates pointing fingers.

Chris Boeh said he never follows a politician for more than a day on Twitter because of the number of negative attacks that show up on his feed.

“It’s off-putting when you get on there to see candidates’ views on something, and they just tell you constantly what the other person’s doing, and what they’re doing wrong,” the 21-year-old said. “I have some faith and trust that somebody somewhere will fix (the economy), but at the same time, no real plan is showing up right now. And that is worrying.” finds that this year, young voters are significantly less engaged than in the last election — a fact which may just cost Obama his reelection. Not only does the younger generation lack the enthusiasm to go to the polls this year, only about half are sure they’re registered.
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Claire is an editor of the YoungPatriots website. A 20-something mom, her main concern is how the decisions made in government today will affect the lives of her children when they're her age. She believes passionately in a limited government, a charitable church and a peaceful personal life. In necessariis unitas, in dubiis libertas, in omnibus caritas.
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