Thursday, May 15, 2008

Political Apathy In America

Generation Y, also known as Echo Boomers, consists of 18- to 24-year-olds who are voting less and lack a major interest in politics and voting.

In 2006, USA Today reported that among a survey of 650 18- to 30-year-olds, 69 percent said they were most likely going to vote in November, and 80 percent said they were registered to vote.

Yet another survey conducted by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press said that among a survey of 1,804 adults, 40 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds are not registered to vote.

"Voter turnout rates have dropped a lot," said Elizabeth Theiss-Morse, professor of political science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. "There are a lot of people who don't see voting as a duty."

Theiss-Morse said members of both Generations X and Y believe their votes don't make a difference, and if their parents don't vote, they likely view voting as a waste of time. - Daily Nebraskan
Ben kind of stressed this with his latest Darfur Update.

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