OUR TIME DAILY TRANSLATION
We've heard you say it many times: "Politics is like a foreign language." Well, we agree.
Each week, we summarize, simplify, and interpret different major news stories and how they affect our generation. We'll give you our take, and you can decide for yourself.
Experts suggest that the recession has increased political disillusionment among young Americans.
Expected voter turnout reflects this disillusionment: 30% of voters ages 18-29 are undecided about which candidate to support, and voter turnout for the group is expected to be lower than 2008 levels.
Furthermore, first-time voters in 2012 are more likely to cite a lack of faith in government than those in 2008.
WHY WE SHOULD CARE
The impact of the recession on young voters could drastically impact November’s election. Young voters tend to be more liberal than their elders, but among voters aged 18-24, Romney and Obama are head to head.
OUR TIME OPINION
The unemployment rate for 18- and 19-year-olds in May was 23.5%, nearly three times the national unemployment rate. We think that first time voters will absolutely be swayed by their economic situations. How will the economy influence your vote?