As the race to the White House heats up, young voters in particular are getting much attention from the presidential candidates. Gayle talks about the importance of the youth vote with Alex Orlowski, a political science and sociology student at the University of Dayton and co-author of Millennials Talk Politics: A Study of College Student Political Engagement.
Alex says many millennial generation voters—people between the ages of 15 and 25—attend schools where community service and volunteering are required. That, combined with the fact that this age group grew up watching the September 11 terrorist attacks, the war in Iraq and Hurricane Katrina unfold, are all reasons why young people want to be a part of the election process, he says. "Students really want to get engaged in areas where they can see the impact, whether that is direct community service or in something more political, like voting, where they can actually go out and have their voice heard," Alex says.
As for what young voters are seeking in a presidential candidate, Alex says many are looking for someone fresh. "I think they just want a change from the stereotypical old white guy out in Washington who is not going to listen to them," he says. "As young voters become a greater proportion of the entire electorate, these candidates are going to be even more inclined to listen to them."
Published on January 01, 2008