A survey conducted at NYU found that the Youth vote has its price:
Two-thirds say they’ll do it for a year’s tuition. And for a few, even an iPod touch will do.
That’s what NYU students said they’d take in exchange for their right to vote in the next presidential election, a recent survey by an NYU journalism class found. Only 20 percent said they’d exchange their vote for an iPod touch. But 66 percent said they’d forfeit their vote for a free ride to NYU. And half said they’d give up the right to vote forever for $1 million.
But, they also overwhelmingly lauded the importance of voting.
The last line is the best part . . . after telling people just how cheaply they would sell their vote, the respondents paid homage to the importance of voting. Mmm, that cognitive dissonance smells good doesn’t it.
Keep this in mind during the 2008 Presidential campaign as we see news stories about which candidate (usually the Democrat) has the youth vote on his (actually, her) side and MTV does its “Rock the Vote” idiocy.
No wonder the “youth vote” never shows up during the election. Maybe they are just (as that silly John Mayer song says) “Waitin’ on the World to Change.” Actually, John they are waiting for someone to agree to give them an iPod touch or maybe just a free pizza in exchange for their right to vote.
Of course, maybe I should go easier on the youth of America. The elderly of America have made it abundantly clear that they would “sell” their vote for a prescription drug benefit. The elderly are just better at remembering when election day is, getting out of bed, figuring out where the polls are, etc.