Then-presidential candidate Barack Obama did a good job of it in 2008, but we are not seeing as much enthusiasm for either candidate this time around. The commonly asked question for 2012 is will young people show up to the polls in as strong numbers as they did in 2008? The realistic answer is no.
According to a recent Gallup Poll, 58% of young people ages 18-29 say they are definitely going to vote in the 2012 election. That’s 20 points below the national average of 78%, and significantly below my generation’s voting intentions from 2004 and 2008.
Young people have voted in lower numbers since we won the right to vote in 1971, but is it really our fault?