On Super Tuesday, according to MTV.com, nearly 4 times the amount of voters came out and voted in each states primaries than they did in 2000. A large number of this has come from younger or first time voters.
Lately, we have seen in polls McCain grow ever closer in numbers to Obama. My question I throw out to readers is: How accurate do the polls show reflection of the increase of youth voting?
According to this FOX News report, 55% of voters 18-34 favor Barack Obama as opposed to just 31% who favor John McCain. Meanwhile, the polls show Obama leading 44-42% over McCain. Are the media outlets really reaching the 18-34 year olds of our country? In years past, the politicians have came out and focused on the elderly, and the middle aged. This year, we see more and more outreach to voters. Walking the streets you can see young adults flashing their political beliefs, and on college campuses all throughout America the buzz about this election is growing ever so larger. However, you can’t help but feel the media does not take the youth of America seriously. They feel that American college students are going to be too busy playing frisbee on the quad to actually take their time out and vote. Sure, they’ll cover the youth vote but how about we come out and vote…but how about we see some reflection in the polls. If 55% of young Americans 18-34 are going to come out and support Obama, shouldn’t his margin be significantly higher than just 2%? The poll was taken on July 28th, voters might have swayed different ways but I still just have the sneaking suspicion that the media still does not take the youth of this country seriously enough. My call is to the media outlets, reach out to more younger voters because I feel we will have the greatest impact we ever have had in any election ever.