Younger voters could change the election course
POSTED: Monday, November 1, 2010 - 2:30am
UPDATED: Monday, November 1, 2010 - 8:05am
By LEIGH MUNSIL / The Dallas Morning News
After an unprecedented surge in the number of young voters in 2008, political pundits agree that number will drop in Tuesday's midterm elections. The biggest question is how low those numbers will go.
The most recent Rock the Vote poll of voters ages 18-29 suggested there's less excitement from young people this election season, but young voters have maintained optimism about the power of their votes.
Though more than half the poll respondents said they feel more cynical about politics than they did two years ago, 83 percent said their generation has the power to change the country.
Disenchantment with politics in general and a lack of excitement about this cycle's candidates will lead to a decline in youth voting in the state in the midterm elections, said James Riddlesperger, a professor of political science at Texas Christian University.