Bernie Sanders Win Hearts but not Votes of Young Voters
Bernie Sanders may win the hearts of young millennials, but he isn’t winning their votes. At the Nevada caucus held February 23rd, the outcome for Bernie was disappointing to say the least. A journalist from the University of Nevada Reno’s newspaper, Jacob Solis, gives possible explanations as to why. According to Solis young voters are much more attracted to Sanders than his opponent Hillary Clinton due to his policies regarding a free college education. During an interview Solis explains that Bernie is good with rhetoric and putting up plans that sound very appealing. Solis states “Its easy to get behind free tuition. It tough to get behind Hillary Clinton who says you have to work, and some of that will go towards free tuition and free community college. Its much more complicated, its hard to think about, and its much less appealing because its not free, you haven’t attached that word “free” to it which is very, very attractive.” It is natural for millennials who don’t have much and are just getting started in the world to feel angry towards Wall Street and the 1%, fueling their desires for radical change. This could be why so many young people at Universities categorize themselves as liberals.
So if young voters are so impressed by Bernie Sanders, why are they failing him in the polls? There are a couple of reasons as to why. First being that younger voters usually aren’t as stable as older voters. People under 30 are still moving around, have more chaotic hours, and aren’t in the habit of voting. Bluntly put, getting out and voting is not a priority. A second reason, especially in the Nevada causes, could be due to how disorganized and unpleasant the entire experience is, having voters refer to it as “overwhelming and nightmarish”. The idea of a community meeting to discuss and debate policies while casting a vote sounds good on paper, however that is often not reality. After waiting in lines for hours, many hopeful voters ended up not being able to cast votes and were forced to leave because of work or other engagements. “Its not that you just go and vote,” Solis says, “You have to take three hours out of your day to go stand in a line and then stand on one side of the room and yell at people. It takes a special kind of person to want to go do that.” Many leave feeling angry and shut out, because at the end of the day their voices are not being heard. He also mentions that Sanders did not campaign as well as Clinton. While Clinton held rallies of thousands of people on college campuses, Sanders would often speak to only a few hundred people at a time. With Sanders last rally occurring back in August 2015, it is possible his supporters weren’t as aware of the caucus being held in February. Solis continues explaining that the Clinton campaign has had a Nevada office for the past year, calling citizens, informing them and answering any questions they may have. Sanders has not had an office until just recently, another factor that may have affected him. Voters respond to phone calls, they have a certain loyalty to a campaign when they invest time and energy into it. These are the people who are going to go out of their way to vote and to be heard.
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