Study: Young Voters Swayed by TV Debates

Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 08:07 PM

By Stephen Feller

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Despite the conventional thinking, televised debates may be the most important thing presidential debates do to attract the voters they want the most: Young ones.

A poll by YouGov showed that nearly a third of 20- to 29-year-olds said the debates are the campaign event most likely to sway their vote between candidates, Mediaite reported Tuesday.

“It’s significant that so many young people are committed to voting and paying attention to tonight’s debate,” said David Jones, founder of the One Young World summit. “[It is] a message to both candidates that they are a key audience with the power to influence the outcome of the election.”

In its survey of about 2,000 people, YouGov found that 32 percent said the debates swayed them the most. After the candidates rhetorical battles came friends and family at 23 percent; news reports at 19 percent; social media at 8 percent; and campaign ads at 5 percent.

The poll also found that more than two-thirds of young people plan to vote, but that nearly half did not watch either party’s convention.

YouGov conducted the poll ahead of Jones’ One Young World summit, an annual event that draws 1,500 young leaders from around the world to Pittsburgh, PA, to help them find ways to “create positive change.”

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Texas AG to Feds: 'Come And Take' Disputed Land

Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 23:11 PM

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has a message for the Bureau of Land Management about disputed land along the Oklahom . . .

Runners Reclaim Boston as American Keflezighi Wins Marathon

Monday, 21 Apr 2014 10:46 AM

American Meb Keflezighi won the Boston Marathon, a year after a bombing at the finish line left three dead and more than . . .

Religious Right: People Still Have Faith

Sunday, 20 Apr 2014 18:23 PM

Church attendance may be on the decline, but people still want to hear that God loves them and is real, the Rev. Frankli . . .

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved