Mariah Campbell, Jaya Gafford, and Katriel Pickett
With the third Democratic debate vastly approaching, the 2020 presidential election has generated buzz across the nation as millennials interject their opinions into a social media pool of political conversation.
All of the political “Twitter beef” has caused some division amongst this new generation of voters. In speaking with local college students, many claim that they want to gain more political knowledge while others rather scroll than head to the voting polls.
“Before I wasn’t interested in politics,” said Texas Southern University (TSU) student, Delani Mixon, “now that I’m older and of age to vote, I feel that it’s important to at least to know what’s going on in the real world and to know my options when it comes to the political election.”
Students that lack interest in politics have forced many political candidates to campaign heavily through social media. This form of communication has led to an influx of student awareness and involvement in politics.
Many first-time voters and college students now look to social networking sites for the latest news and advice on political issues.
“I’m on Twitter all the time but I don’t watch the news very often,” said TSU student, Jaylah Stegall. This perception proves commonality as 60% of surveyed respondents claim that social media is their primary source of fact gathering on political topics.
Despite the perceptions of many new-age voters, politics directly affect their generations. In the previous 2020 primary debates, candidates have discussed sensitive topics like universal health care, loan forgiveness, and even gun control.
All of the TSU survey respondents said when debating such issues, college students should consider and critically analyze the direct impact of each candidates’ political agenda.
As TSU prepares for the Third Democratic primary debate, students are encouraged to take this opportunity to immerse in the political atmosphere that’s engulfing TSU’s legendary Tiger Walk.
Due to the limited supply of student/faculty tickets, TSU will be hosting a live watch party in the Granville M. Sawyer Auditorium for students and staff to still participate in this groundbreaking event.
Political discussions surrounding the debate and the upcoming election will be live on social media. So, the next time you’re looking to join in on the political chatter, look no further than your Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook timelines. Survey respondents said take the initiative to learn all you can and inspire friends, family, and peers to stay informed about the local elections, happening on Nov. 5, 2019, and the latest news regarding the 2020 Presidential election.