Political survey shows varying opinions Reply

By Natalie Kfoury, Kristina Kaufmann, and Cristobal Martinez — A&E Editor, Layout, and Contributing Writer

Fifty-six percent of Lasell students said they would re-elect President Barack Obama, and 54 percent said they expect his Republican opponent to be Mitt Romney, according to an informal survey of 220 Lasell students.
The survey was conducted last month by two sections of COM105, taught by Bar- bara Meltz, Lecturer of Communication. The results mirrored March’s Super Tuesday outcome, when Romney took the lead over his Republican primary candidates.

More than half the students inter- viewed said Obama was in a tough position when he entered office, and that re-electing him would be good for the country. “Everyone had such high expectations of him. You can’t just fix problems like that overnight,” said freshman Bri Gowans.

Junior Jeff Nelson plans to vote for Obama because he agrees with the president’s agenda. “I am most likely going to vote for President Obama because I believe in him,” said Nelson.

Chris Burns, a junior, praised Obama for pulling the troops out of Iraq earlier than expected. He also liked that nearly 250,000 jobs have been created, and that Obama has been trying to pull the nation together to find solutions.

Many students, however, are upset that Obama did not deliver all he promised, leaving many looking toward new leadership. “For the amount of focus put on healthcare and the economic recession, we didn’t see much change,” said freshman Mike McDonald, who is a Republican supporter.

Freshman Melissa Meotti, also a Republican supporter, said what Americans need most are jobs. “They need to make money and our economy needs help. Creating more jobs and cutting costs on things such as health care is what we need right now. I think Romney has a good plan,” she said.

A minority of students, 9.6 percent, expressed indifference toward the general election and voting process. These stu- dents agreed nominees and presidential decisions did not affect their lives. They did not care who is in the 2012 election and felt the entire process does not matter. In addition, 11.8 percent said they did not care who the Republican nominee is.

“I’m not going to vote because I don’t know enough about the nominees. I’ve tried to learn, but every time I start reading about the stuff, my mind wanders,” said sopho- more Catrina Joki.

Some students find that attitude upsetting. “I think it’s bad that people aren’t interested in voting because we are next generation and if we show that we don’t care about voting, then future generations will get that idea as well. And that defeats the purpose of our country,” said freshman Breanna Tagliaferri.

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