This year’s 2012 presidential election boils down to the Republican nominee, Mitt Romney and the Democrats renomination of current president, Barack Obama. Propositions from both parties concerning tuition hikes, job opportunities, and the recovering economy may draw some college students from their dorm rooms and into the polling stations.
“I don’t think the majority of college students care about politics because they don’t see it as affecting them at this point in life,” says Janelle Ford, a senior at Northwest.
“Many college students have other concerns such as where they’re going to get the money to pay for school, what jobs they’re going to get… and though those can be affected by politics they don’t usually make the connection.”
Ford states that she does plan on voting on November 6th. “The issues that concern me most probably have to do with healthcare, education, and the economy,” she said.
A set of statistics from Circle, a website center for information on civic learning and engagement, show that young people (18-29) make up 21% of the eligible voting population in the United States.
In 2008, 59% of young Americans, whose home state offered Election Day Registration, voted.
War, gun laws, debt, and taxes are among the most widely debated topics this year. Of course, for college students, the focus may be more on jobs.
During the town hall presidential debate on October 16, Jeremy Epstein, a 20-year-old college student from Adelphi University in New York, asked the candidates how they could assure that he will receive a job following graduation.
Romney took the initiative, speaking about his career in the private sector and promised increased government assistance to make college affordable.
“2014,” said Romney. “When you graduate in 2014 — I presume I’m going to be president — I’m going to make sure you get a job.”
Obama went on to assure Epstein that he plans on building on the already five million jobs his administration has created. “I want to build manufacturing jobs and make sure we have the best education system in the world.”
Following the debate, Epstein told reporters that, whereas previously he remained undecided in whom he would vote for, he had now reached a decision.
Christian college students are being affected these days by issues other than just the job market and the economy.
NU junior Eric Gallup said that aside from the issues of taxation of classes and social welfare programs, he strongly disagrees with Obama’s stance on abortion.
“I could never vote for someone who is in favor of partial-birth abortion,” he said.
The results of the election will prove what issues Americans care about the most.
by Alycia Scheidel