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CHICAGO – Young Americans showed their collective power when they helped vote President Obama into office. Inspired by his message of "change," they knocked on doors, spread flyers, voted for him by a 2-1 margin, and partied like rock-the-vote stars when he won.
Since the election, though, that fervor has died down — noticeably. And while young people remain the president's most loyal supporters in opinion polls, a lot of people are wondering why that age group isn't doing more to build upon their newfound reputation as political influencers.
"It's one thing to get excited about a presidential candidate. It's another thing to become a responsible citizen," says Jennifer Donahue, political director for the New Hampshire Institute Of Politics. She and other political analysts thinks they have yet to prove themselves.
Professors and students themselves also are noticing the quiet on college campuses, which were hotbeds for "Obamamania" during the campaign.
If he doesn't, Balchunis thinks that also could have negative ramifications for Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections, because those young voters will lose interest and won't bother to show up at the polls. That's what happened, she says, after her own young generation was initially excited about Bill Clinton when he was first elected president in 1992. Then, just two years later, Democrats lost control of Congress.
This year, data show that despite the onset of an economic recession during 2008, volunteering rates held steady at 26.4 percent compared to last year’s 26.2 percent. Additionally, more Americans are engaging in their community in less formal ways—2008 saw a 31 percent increase in the number of people who reported that they worked with their neighbors to solve a community problem, and 17 percent more people attended community meetings.
Originally posted by nixie_nox
This article is pure speculation and has no scientific basis at all. As the article states, campaigning is easy. But what do you do for issues?
Funny how one age group is selected out and picked on. Considering the amount of people who campaigned for both sides, which didn't solely compose of youth, are not being observed and counted on.