Chelsea Curley & Lissette Melendez – Contributing writers
Students at Lasell College will vote to re-elect President Barack Obama, according to the results of a random sample survey.
Of the 94 students surveyed, 58 percent said they would vote for Obama. Ten percent said they would vote for Mitt Romney, while the remaining students were undecided or writing in a candidate. The students in Barbara Meltz’s Writing for the Media class conducted the poll.
“Romney seems unprepared and not up to the challenge like Obama is. I wouldn’t want him making decisions for me. I don’t trust him as much as I do Obama,” said Steve Kiulligoskf, a sophomore.
When asked what changes they would like the newly elected president to make, students noted issues such as the economy, tuition costs, gas prices and adding jobs.
“I don’t think that it is right for students who spent four or more years in college to graduate with more than $100,000 in debt and no job opportunities to pay them back,” said Ashley Copeland, a junior.
Seventy percent of students are registered to vote, but only 55 percent will vote in the election on November 6. Half of the students who participated in the poll said their vote doesn’t matter. Students feel that there are plenty of other people who are more educated on the candidates that will vote, so one vote will not make a difference.
“I don’t even know who is running,” said junior Alyssa Rothstein.
Many students showed concern about the lack of interest in voting.
“I think they don’t know the implications of what the turnout might be. They should care more than they do,” said freshman Brea Gaskin. “Every vote matters,” said sophomore Meghan Doble. “Everyone that can vote should vote.”
When students were asked whether or not their family affects their voting habits, 45 percent said no. Many students said they voted for a different candidate than their parents, while students who said their family affects their vote said they voted for who their parents voted for.
Senior Kelsey Scheidemantel said, “I think that we have taken politics almost like it’s satire…our generation doesn’t pay as much attention to the future because we are so stuck in the present.”
Forty-nine percent of students agreed with Scheidemantel and said that they think our generation doesn’t care as much about the outcome of the election as previous generations.
“People care more about how they look in their Facebook photos than the outcome [of the election]. Since they’re not paying attention, they don’t care,” said sophomore Julia Tao.