Meredith Students Participate in CBS Voter Poll
Meredith College students were among the nearly 25,000 college students in battleground states to participate in a poll of young voters.
CBS News, UWIRE (a news service powered by student journalists at more than 800 colleges), and “The Chronicle of Higher Education” polled students in a representative sample of four-year colleges in four states: Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina and Colorado.
At Meredith, 742 students responded to the poll, giving Meredith a 39% response rate. This was the highest response rate of any school included in the project.
The purpose of this poll was to investigate and understand the political views of these young voters, many of whom are participating in a presidential election for their first time. In fact, half say this November will be the first election they vote in, and another quarter say they voted for the first time in a primary earlier this year.
Students in these four states are more alike than they are different, and not just in their overall preference for president (six in 10 favor Barack Obama).
Other findings of the poll include the following.
Interest in this campaign is high among college students in these four states: about half are paying a lot of attention to the campaign, and most say the outcome of the election matters.
Like adults nationwide, they are concerned about the economy, the top issue for them. Many have been motivated by registration drives from their schools or from the campaigns themselves. They are more likely to get their news from non-traditional sources like the Internet and talk shows rather than newspapers and magazines, although television news also matters.
Click here for more information and to view more results of the poll.
Posted October 27, 2008.
Date Submitted: 2008-10-27