Working at the Marist Institute for Public Opinion (MIPO) as a pollster for a little over four semesters and now as a field assistant has opened my eyes to the fact that some people are STILL passionate about politics. They would fight to the death for their party, no matter how much sense the other one is making. However, it seems like more and more people are sitting on a fence, refusing to engage in the tit for tat that is American politics.
This 2012 election seems to be more interesting than 2008’s, yet in an ironic twist, as many media outlets have disclosed, more people watched Here Comes Honey Boo Boo than the national convention speeches. Now I cannot completely discount all those who actually watched. And then there are people like myself who watched the conventions on their own time. In addition, like I said before some people made up their minds way before the conventions.
According to this article by TIME Ideas, with power comes great responsibility. It suggests that people aren’t as excited as they were about politics and discussing the issues. Those who are unsure about the candidates and/or politics retreat into a pool of 314,503,535 American faces, causing others to hold their weight and speak on their behalf.
It’s important to note that I haven’t been interested in politics until recently. Even with this new found interest, as a recent grad and part of the “target audience” for many markets, I feel that engaging in political conversations is how you gain perspective. I don’t know what all the issues are and I’m still learning what is important to me (or will be important to me in the near future); it’s up to us to teach each other. It’s not just about me, it’s not about the candidates, it’s about the country–the people, our voice in this election.
Speaking of voices…the first presidential debate is tomorrow from 9:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. live on C-SPAN, ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC. You can prolly find the live streams online, too. The TVs at MIPO will most likely be turned to one of those channels, but I’ll watch them again later in the week prior to writing a reaction post.
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