OnlineColleges.com Examines the Political Preferences of First-Time and Young Voters in a New Infographic
With the nation focused on next week's presidential election, OnlineColleges.com's new infographic reviews the political habits of the Millennial Generation.
Foster City, Calif. (PRWEB) October 31, 2012
According to the studies reviewed, 47.4 percent of 2011 freshmen identified themselves as “middle of the road” politically, meaning they were neither liberal nor conservative. This year's college freshmen consider same-sex marriage, health care and women's issues important topics in the run-up to the 2012 election.
“This visual emphasizes the key issues that matter 18 to 29-year-olds,” explained Aaron Tooley, spokesperson for OnlineColleges.com. “It will be intriguing to see how they vote when they go to the polls on Nov. 6.”
As students progress through college, it seems that more individuals identify with liberal or far left ideals. In 2006, 29.8 percent of freshmen students regarded themselves as liberals. By senior year (graduating class of 2010) this had increased to 39 percent. Moreover, this group of young voters, college seniors in particular, is actively involved in local, state or national campaigns, stays up to date on political issues and frequently watches political discussions.
“It is interesting that even though young voters are engaged politically, only half of eligible Millennials will vote in this year's election,” continued Tooley. “The Millennial generation, however, still has the potential to be a powerful voting bloc, particularly as the group ages.”
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