The 2008 Obama campaign was extremely successful at driving young and first time voters to the polls. The campaign was praised for getting throngs of young people engaged in politics and eager to volunteer time. But now, as the economy continues to struggle, many young voters say they have lost some of that passion. So are young voters still engaged? Or have they abandoned the president and politics in general? We talk with three young Nevada voters about their feelings on politics and issues leading up to the 2012 election.
Maureen Gregory, student, UNLV Emma Guerrero, student, UNLV Jolie Glaser, Las Vegas resident Natalie Jennings, Manager, Social Media and Engagement, Washington Post Politics
I'm 26. We are still VERY engaged, just a bit disillusioned with politics like the rest of America. I'm disheartened that I elected people a few years ago in a major election that have still yet to deliver on many of the platforms for which they had purported to advocate. It's the last year of a presidential term, which essentially means nothing more will change until they are reelected. We'll just get more empty promises, though. Politics has always been this way, but recently this fact seems especially true.Chris Burke –Nov 16, 2011 10:23:49 AM
Shortly after President Obama took office I found myself humming a line from an old Who song "meet the new boss, same as the old boss"Steven –Nov 16, 2011 09:47:29 AM
2008 was my first presidential election. I gave my vote, time, and money to the Obama campaign. He sold himself as a reformer, but has spent his time in office protecting the status quo. Legislative opposition is a poor excuse for his administrations failure to deliver on their promises, considering that his party had supermajorities in both houses. As an example: single payer healthcare was never on the table, and the debate was framed as "health INSURANCE" reform by the Obama whitehouse. I might vote for him, but my time & talents are better spent supporting the Occupy movement.Ben –Nov 16, 2011 09:38:52 AM
I was the person in my neighborhood who was knocking on doors, making phone calls, and hosting house parties for then Senator Obama. In 2008, I was not yet a US citizen, but I still did everything I could to get him elected! Today, I'm still as passionate for the President as I was in 2008 because he's the only choice for my views. I'm now a US citizen and try to volunteer for the President when I can, but I know young people would volunteer more if they had the time. I know I would!Leo –Nov 16, 2011 09:38:12 AM
My theory about the disenchantment of voters in general with President Obama is that his policies, foreign & domestic; economic & social with the NOTABLE exception of the Affordable Care Act have been very nearly indistinguishable from those of his predecessor. Moreover, he has "out-cowboyed" the cowboy president by ordering the killing of Al Qaeda militants, two of whom were American citizens by Predator drone strike in Yemen & Libya.Bob Glover –Nov 16, 2011 09:28:12 AM