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Survey Shows BCC Students Didn’t Vote

December 1, 2010 by Eaglecorps911

By The Journalism 102 Class Sixty-two percent of Brookdale students who took a recent poll said that they are registered to vote. Yet many admitted that they don't always vote. Only 29 percent said they voted on Nov. 2. The results are from an unscientific polling of 100 random Brookdale students conducted by The Stall. Most students (53 percent) said they urge their friends to vote with more female students (68 percent) saying they encourage voting, compared to 38 percent of the men who said they urged friends to vote. When it comes to registering to vote, this sampling of Brookdale students seems to reflect the state norm where 61 percent of the eligible population is registered. The questions were raised: How often do students follow politics and at what level do they follow them – national, state or local? Participants could circle daily, several times a week, weekly, a few times a month or monthly to indicate their level of engagement. Forty-two percent of participating Brookdale students said they follow politics, while 58 percent lacked interest in the political arena. Forty-nine percent of students said that they follow national politics. Thirty-four percent of them claimed to do so several times a week, followed by 26 percent weekly. Forty-one percent of students claimed to follow state politics, 38 percent of them checking events monthly, and 23 percent checking several times a month. Thirty-six percent said they follow local politics. Thirty-four percent claimed to follow events a few times a month, closely followed by 22 percent who follow monthly. Seventy-two percent said they don't know anything much about political parties other than the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. Yet 53 percent said they felt the two-party system no longer works. Proving how much they disagree with the party system, 63 percent said they have never voted for someone solely based on the individual's political party. Twenty-four percent identified themselves as Democrats, 18 percent Republicans and 22 percent as Independents, with the remainder of respondents choosing not to the answer the question. With this breakdown, it's not surprising that when asked to recall a political leader in their lifetime whose policies they agreed with both former Pres. Bill Clinton and current Pres. Barack Obama received votes with Clinton receiving 16 and Obama, 8. The next closest vote-getter was former Pres. George W. Bush with 5 votes. Forty-nine percent said the American political system no longer works, compared to 41 percent who said it does and 10 percent who were undecided. Women were evenly split on the question; however, men were more critical with 56 percent of the men saying the system is broken compared to 40 percent who said it works. The females were nearly identical on the topic of U.S. government portrayal of the Constitution with 42 percent saying the government follows the Constitution, while 40 percent said it does not. Meanwhile 50 percent of the men felt the Constitution isn’t being followed while 48 percent said it is. Fifty percent answered yes that our state's political system is still working. The no's were not far behind with 44 percent answering that our system is failing and 6 percent did not provide an answer.

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