16 Views

US Election special

The US election is imminent

The US election is imminent

American youth backs Barack Obama

When it comes to the US elections, we’re constantly hearing numbers and polls. When it comes to hearing peoples opinions, we’re also bombarded.

However they’re generally the opinions of people that, as students, we rarely identify or connect with. John McCain also appears to be someone that a lot of the youth in America fail to connect with. A person perhaps so set in his ways, seeming so old fashioned; with his ideas on things like nationalism, religion, abortion and being anti-choice (excuse me for not being able to resist the phrase ‘get your rosaries off my ovaries’) that he misses out on reaching the youth in America.

Barack Obama however, seems to have gained the youth vote, proving himself to be more versatile, more approachable, more pragmatic, and according to American youth, ‘fresh enough to tackle the responsibilities of the next president’. I asked three guys at the University of Rochester in western New York to share their opinions on the presidential candidates and whether they were backing the candidate or the party. So, instead of hearing British student opinion on the election, or just getting poll statistics, we get a bit more of an insight into what the student opinion is. Meet Adam, Nate, and Ryan.

When asked which candidate they were backing, and whether they backed the candidate or the party, they gave the following responses:

  • Adam: For the moment I’m backing Obama. In my opinion he’s at least talking about leading the country in a direction I’d like to see it go, as opposed to McCain who I disagree with on many social issues. This is unusual for me really, since I usually am more conservative (at least with non pure-social issues like the economy or foreign affairs) and tend to ‘vote’ Republican. In fact, back in 2000 when McCain was running for the Republican primary against Bush, I wanted people to vote for him. Now it’s Obama all the way.
  • Nate: Obama. I am voting for Obama. I do like his style of trying to understand other people’s reasoning and thinking critically and logically based on that, but I am doing it more for the Democratic Party – get them back into fixing things. OK, so I am more doing this to get the Republican Party out of power and make them stop ruining things.
  • Ryan: I will never vote for a Republican. So I guess that makes it Obama. Honestly, I’m not really thrilled with either of the major candidates. After watching the Democratic primary debates, I would vote for Dennis Kucinich. Joe Biden is really good too. I wish he were running for President. I guess Vice President is good enough. And I would never vote Republican. While they are clearly voting for Obama, I wondered if the majority of their peers were thinking the same thing.
  • Adam: Obama almost all around, except for kids who come from die-hard Republican families who feel it’s their religious duty to vote for McCain. Obama has done a really good job rallying young voters, not to mention that his views are more social. That’s university students all around.
  • Nate: Obama. Almost everybody I’ve talked to, the answer is either that they don’t know, or that they are voting for Obama.
  • Ryan: It’s Obama. He’s going to clean up house on the youth vote, but unfortunately people our age don’t vote a lot. Old people will have the highest voter turnout. It’s just not easy for us to vote since there isn’t a polling center on campus (and all other college campuses across the country). It turns out that because of all that, college students don’t vote. But as far as who they like, Obama has a massive appeal on liberal college campuses. And while they also seem to be backing Obama, when asked who they thought would win, answers were very different.

‘It’s Obama. He’s going to clean up house on the youth vote, but unfortunately people our age don’t vote a lot.’

  • Adam: If you had asked me a few months ago, I would have said Obama. Now it’s a lot closer, and a lot of people are showing how dumb they are. It’s anyone’s guess, scarily enough.
  • Nate: I don’t know. It’s really hard to tell. I’ve already seen the past two elections been spun in the last minute by Republican campaignistas.
  • Ryan: McCain, but it will be close, I think. I think everybody’s going to vote for the “safe” old white man. It’s like voting for your war-hero grandfather… it’s scary to think that that’s who’s going to be the most powerful man in the world.

Out of these short questions and answers, there are two things that emerged that worried me. While these guys seem to be die hard democrats and back Obama just like their peers, Obama still won’t get that youth vote percentage because of the fact that their campuses don’t have polling stations. Few will bother to go off campus to vote. The second, is that although they gave reason for wanting Obama to be the next president of the United States, they still think it’s too close to predict, or even more worrying, that the Republicans will win yet again.

Get the best viral stories straight into your inbox!

Don't worry, we don't spam

Leave a Reply

Join the Badger Team

Apply today!

Latest Posts

The Russian State Ballet of Siberia’s Cinderella review
Arts, Film & Theatre
10 views
Arts, Film & Theatre
10 views

The Russian State Ballet of Siberia’s Cinderella review

Georgia Grace - February 23, 2018

The Russian State Ballet of Siberia came to the Theatre Royal Brighton this week with a trio of classic ballet performances to impress a range of audiences.…

Billionaire builds colossal 10,000 year clock
Science, Science & Technology
21 views
Science, Science & Technology
21 views

Billionaire builds colossal 10,000 year clock

Luke Richards - February 23, 2018

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has gone ahead with a plan to build a giant clock to promote long term thinking. The clock's design should allow it to…

Neuroscience: it must be love on the brain
Science, Science & Technology
23 views
Science, Science & Technology
23 views

Neuroscience: it must be love on the brain

Luke Richards - February 23, 2018

If you're madly in love, I'd like to ask you to take a moment to consider what exactly is happening inside your brain. Love is a many-chemical…

Rockets and technopoltics: SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy
Science, Science & Technology
39 views
Science, Science & Technology
39 views

Rockets and technopoltics: SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy

Luke Richards - February 23, 2018

The launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy could become a defining feature in humanity's exploration of space, but this impressive technical feat opens up a new frontier of…

Should the monarchy be abolished?
News
17 views
News
17 views

Should the monarchy be abolished?

Will Cronk - February 23, 2018

YES William Cronk Since the time of Alfred the Great, this country has had a monarch of some form or another. The monarchy has provided stability and…

News, Podcast
18 views

News Round Up: UCU strike updates, tuition fees and more

William Singh - February 23, 2018

In this news round up of the week, Will and Deniz catch you up on everything going on around campus. Thanks for listening and tune in next…

Academic Armchair- iObjectify: self- and other-objectification on Grindr
Features, Top Stories
17 views
Features, Top Stories
17 views

Academic Armchair- iObjectify: self- and other-objectification on Grindr

Devin Thomas - February 23, 2018

The Badger Features Team interviewed Sussex’s Yasin Koc about his work on the psychological factors behind Grindr. He posits that use of the app is associated with…

The Badger Reviews: Derry Girls
Arts, Film & Theatre
23 views
Arts, Film & Theatre
23 views

The Badger Reviews: Derry Girls

Sophie Coppenhall - February 22, 2018

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MwnpSEzprQ[/embedyt] This week, Sophie our film editor, reviews season one of Derry Girls. Have you seen it? What did you think? Leave us a comment on…

Arts, Film & Theatre
34 views

Krater’s Valentine’s Day Special review

Daniel Green - February 21, 2018

Love was in the air at a Valentine’s special of Krater Comedy Club last Wednesday and, despite the pouring rain outside, Komedia was packed full of people…

‘Paws for Pensions’ among strike event schedule
Campus News, News
35 views
Campus News, News
35 views

‘Paws for Pensions’ among strike event schedule

William Singh - February 21, 2018

University of Sussex staff are hosting a full slate of events on strike days, including talks, teach-ins, and even a day to bring along your puppers. Members…

Exploring Mumbai Street Food
Lifestyle
33 views
Lifestyle
33 views

Exploring Mumbai Street Food

Louisa Streeting - February 21, 2018

Mumbai is a place that assaults the senses; an array of smells you’ve never smelt before, vibrant colours, and constant noises from the surge of tourists and…

Comment, Opinion
36 views

Comment Cast: Misogyny In Hollywood

Will Cronk - February 21, 2018

In the is episode, Will and Sophie discuss misogyny in film and tv. For more, pick up a badger around campus or read it online. Tune in…

Students need to support the UCU strike
Comment, Opinion
47 views
Comment, Opinion
47 views

Students need to support the UCU strike

Johnbosco Nwogbo - February 20, 2018

The question of whether or not the current UCU strike is justified is an easily settled one, if one took a broad view. According to the Joseph…

Women’s suffrage 100 years on: what’s changed?
Features, Top Stories
38 views
Features, Top Stories
38 views

Women’s suffrage 100 years on: what’s changed?

Roisin McCormack - February 20, 2018

As it reaches a century since the defining moments of women’s suffrage, Roisin McCormack looks into how much things have really changed. Is a celebration of the…

Retrospective: Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Punch Drunk Love’ (2002)
Arts, Film & Theatre
29 views
Arts, Film & Theatre
29 views

Retrospective: Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Punch Drunk Love’ (2002)

Gabriel Ross - February 20, 2018

During a 2002 interview with Charlie Rose, when asked whether he is going to take some time off, Adam Sandler promptly replies, “I don’t really wanna have…

News
51 views

Live: Students’ Union decides on UCU strike backing

William Singh - February 19, 2018

U.S.S.U-Turn: 54 students decide stance for 17,000
Campus News, News
67 views
Campus News, News
67 views

U.S.S.U-Turn: 54 students decide stance for 17,000

Jordan Wright - February 19, 2018

On Monday 19th February, the Students’ Union Council will vote on whether or not to support the national Univerity  and College Union (UCU) strike action that is…

The Wombats: ‘Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life’ review
Arts, Music
35 views
Arts, Music
35 views

The Wombats: ‘Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life’ review

Matthew Nicholls - February 19, 2018

Three years after their last release, The Wombats are back with their long awaited fourth album ‘Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life’. Since 'Glitterbug' reached number 5…

Artist Focus: Ella Barkhouse
Artist Focus, Arts
47 views
Artist Focus, Arts
47 views

Artist Focus: Ella Barkhouse

Louisa Hunt - February 19, 2018

Ella Barkhouse is a second-year Brighton student, studying Fine Art: Critical Practice course. Her work ranges across all sorts of media, from some more traditional writing, drawing…

The ultimate LGBTQ+ books guide this February
Books
76 views
Books
76 views

The ultimate LGBTQ+ books guide this February

Shiri Reuben - February 19, 2018

  Throughout the month of February, LGBT History Month aims to promote tolerance and spread awareness of the historical and present-day prejudices faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual…