What is it about politics?
January 13, 2007 6:21pm CST
What is it about politics that turns youth off? Leaving your love/hatred for our current adminstration off of this dicussion, I would like to know why I never see young people involved in campaigns and/or elections in general. I have oft been told I am the exception, not the rule. Having been involved in campaigns and political organizations since I was in 7th grade, I have a love and a passion for the political realm that most people find odd. I however, find it odd that young people don't get involved. Decisions that are being made everyday that affect us and most people in my generation choose to sit idly by during crucial elections and then complain later on. Thoughts?
• United States
16 Jan 07
Young people tend to be lazy, ignorant, or both. Most of them simply don't understand that politics really do affect their lives, whether directly or inadvertently. And since young people tend to be so emotional, when they are involved in politics, it's very rare that their views are balanced. It's unfortunate, but American youth are so understimulated and undereducated that I'm not sure if the trend will change any time soon. I.C. Jackson
16 Jan 07
haha yeh how can you make that generalisation. im not ameerican but i am probably 'young' in your eyes, at 20. i have a physical job and i tend to have to wake up at 5am and don't return until 8, 9 maybe later in the evening. i read alot about politics, and world affairs and i know alot of people my age that are just as interested. That's so general it's like me saying old people tend to be boring lol
15 Jan 07
Dear Smith2028, Here comes an opinion from somebody who has nothing to do with the USA, and therefore... with the current administration (thanks God!) hehehe Well... I guess in general motivation of young people to go to politics is more emotional than rational. That's why young people need charismatic young leaders to go after... and there's always a lack of such. Unfortunately, by the time one climbs up the political staircase high enough to be seen and heard, he already has an image of an aging lieing b@stard, and youngsters... they like Che Guevara, you know;-)
14 Jan 07
i think younger people tend to find it boring maybe, esspecially those who don't understadn how it works probably because certain politicians make it more confusing and more boring than it is. Plus maybe they see it as kind of out of their reach, with the voting age restriction and so on. It annoys me when other younger people, like my mates, vote depending on personality of candidates, rather than policy. I was talking with a friend about a certain politician and then she goes 'i really like him though, he's a nice guy!'... eh? you know him well do you?
14 Jan 07
I know that in Australia at the moment our government offers nothing for young people and I think this might affect their involvement in politics. They're not interested because they think the government/politicians have deserted them and can't see it getting any better so why invest time in something that you get nothing out of. Or I know thats how I feel anyway. Our political parties are all as bad as each other and I have no inclination to be a part of it.