Monday, October 15, 2012

Will college students turn out on Election Day?

TAMPA (FOX 13) -

USF students are getting a chance Monday to voice their opinions, with the university holding what you could call a mock election day.

Six polling sites on campus will be holding a campus-wide straw poll, and it should be interesting to see exactly what students think when it comes to politics.

It's a USF tradition organized by several student groups. Students will be polled on the presidential race, the U.S. Senate Race in Florida and several ballot amendments.

Organizers say each year this gives some unique insight into how young voters may influence the upcoming election, and reports indicate they will have less of an impact than they did in 2008.

One report shows that many students across the U.S. who came out in force to support President Barack Obama are now backing off. It shows 50 percent of college-age youth approve Obama's overall performance, but only 43 percent think he will win.

To be fair, many survey's show Mitt Romney lacking support by young adults as well. Right now, it looks like a lot of students are either less interested in politics this election season or still undecided.

And then there's this: Out of 20 issues presented to young Americans, 78 percent said jobs are the most important issue.

The polling opens at 10 a.m. at USF and ends at 3 p.m. You can find the locations here.

Students say they'll have the results in by Monday evening.


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