The attitudes and concerns of young voters toward the Presidential candidates and issues in the 2012 election, including the results of the Hiram Garfield Institute’s “Listening to Young Voters” project will be highlighted Wednesday, May 9, on WCPN FM, National Public Radio in Cleveland.
Jason Johnson, Scholar in Residence at Hiram’s Garfield Institute for Public leadership will join Trey Grayson, Director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University and Matt Lawrence, National Communications Coordinator of Young Invincibles, to discuss the impact voters 18-29 years old will have on the Presidential election on WCPN’s (90.3 FM) The Sound of Ideas program , hosted by Mike McIntyre at 9 a.m. The program will stream live at www.wcpn.org .
Young people turned out in massive numbers for the first time in the 2008 presidential election and were considered crucial in propelling president Obama to the White House. The importance of the youth demographic to this year’s Presidential campaign was demonstrated this week when President Obama formally opened his 2012 campaign by speaking at the Ohio State University on education, student loans and a number of other youth issues.
The Garfield Institute’s “Listening to Young Voters” project is a yearlong effort to gauge the attitudes of young people toward the candidates, campaigns and the political system. A survey conducted by the Institute early this year found, among other things that, while a narrow majority of 18-29-year-olds still favored President Obama over his Republican adversaries, that that support had seriously eroded from 2008 levels. The nationwide survey also found that a growing number of young people are frustrated by both political party and do not favor either the ultra-conservative Tea party, or the liberal-leaning Occupy movement, and that a majority would like to see a third party candidate in the race.
Johnson is an expert on political campaigns and the media, and a frequent guest on scores of national and international media. His book, “One Day to Sell: Campaign Managers in the Modern Age” published by Westview Press, is an examination of the interdependence, interaction and relationships between American politics and the media. He is heading up the “Listening to Young Voters” and will be following the campaign throughout the year.