How Much Do We Really Know?

Danny Polk

We’re the future, right? Well if
that’s the case, we could be a future of
uneducated voters.
It’s fair to say that there are two
types of political engagement among
students at Hanover High School: passionate
and indifferent. Amidst the
gubernatorial election, The Hawk Eye
went out to see just how much people
knew about the candidates.
A survey of 100 students was taken.
Those sampled were required to
identify a picture of each of the candidates,
their party, and their main
campaign issue (what was stressed in
the majority of their television ads).
And the results showed:
In an off-year election, results
were bound to show more incorrect
responses, but nearly 50 percent?
This election set campaign funding
records as the candidates combined
for over $50 million. That being said,
it was virtually impossible to avoid
one of the candidate’s television ads
attacking the position of his opponent.
“If you look at the race, it was very
negative. Most of the ads were attack
ads and that turned people off,” Godard
said.
Voting participation and knowledge
is historically lower for younger
populations.
“It’s concerning, but it lines up
with the national standards,” Godard
said.
Perhaps the national “standards”
are substandard.
“It is concerning that those [surveyed]
are going to be the leaders of
this state, and a little over half actually
knows who [the candidates] are,”
Godard said.
Godard added, “There’s always going
to be voter apathy.”

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