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Obama’s Support of Equal Marriage Equals Support in the Polls

May 15, 2012 Leave a comment

ImageEarlier this week, Obama announced his support of gay marriage. This announcement should help Obama in the upcoming 2012 Presidential elections. More than half of Americans support legal gay marriage, a big jump from a mere 27% in 1997. 65% of Democrats believe in same sex marriage and over half of Independents. Only 22% of Republicans believe in same sex marriage, but the Obama administration won’t have to worry about the Republican-affiliated Americans, since they most likely wouldn’t vote for a Democratic candidate in the first place.
ImageObama doesn’t need to worry about the vote from the Democratic-affiliated, but should to focus his attention on the Independents in America. Since over half of people who identify as Independent believe in gay rights, announcing his support of gay marriage was a wise announcement made by Obama. The votes of the Independents can make the difference of a win or lost in the swing states during the Presidential Election. More Americans than ever identify as Independents. The problem with identifying as a Independent is that their votes may tip the balance is some states more than others. Obama most likely will not win big Republican states such as Utah, Idaho, or Wyoming. However, the swing states are the real battle-grounds (Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin). The fact that Obama is trying to unify the vote of these Independent voters is a big step to be re-elected to President.

Image35% of Young voters consider themselves Democrats, 26% as Republicans, and 29% as Independents.  As a whole, younger people tend to support same-sex marriage by a considerably larger margin than older voters.The young voters (18-29) voted 67 percent for Proposition 8. Young voters are more ethnically diverse than any other age group. 62% identify as white; in the turn of the millennium, 74% identified as white. In 2008, Obama captured 66% of the youth vote, compared to McCain’s 31% of youth vote. Since youth voters are more supportive to same sex marriage, Obama has more of an upper hand after announcing his support for gay marriage.

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The Power of Social Media and Youth

April 20, 2012 4 comments

The forms of communication continues to evolve into the 21st century. Long ago, getting one’s message across came in the form of speeches. Speeches turned into  newspapers, which eventually turned into radio, and then television. The newest form of communication is the internet. Presidential candidates who do not see social media as an effective form of communication will not do well in their Presidential campaigns. Whether people like it or not, social media plays an important role in the election process today.

Social media can assist the Presidential candidates in getting their message across to potential voters. Joining social media allows voters to feel closer to the candidate, whether by “following” or “friending” the preferred candidate. Social media is not just a one way street. People with similar stances on issues can create groups or make videos, promoting their view to the world. Candidates can easily see a group’s opinion on any given issue, allowing the group to be heard.

Perhaps the biggest impact social media has on the Presidential election is voter turnout. Nearly half of young adults (described as being between the ages of 18-24 years old) voted in the 2008 elections. This is a large increase from the 2000 elections, where only 32% of young adults voted (Shea, pg. 152). What could have possibly created such a large increase between 2000 and 2008? The presence of social media within those 8 years have increased a hundred fold. Presidential campaigns speak to young voters through social media.

While correlation between social media, the newest form of communication, and young voters is positive, it doesn’t necessarily mean causation. However, the positive correlation between the two cannot continue to go unnoticed, especially by those campaigning. The role of social media shines through with the 2008 campaign, and hopefully potential Presidential candidates have taken note.

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