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During the 60s young adults made their presence felt not just by their use of marijuana or weird clothes and hairstyles but more so because they were intent to make a difference They protested rallied and marched to any cause they deemed worthy Furthermore young adults also realized the importance of voting by taking their issues right to the polls Unfortunately times have changed and todays young adults no longer feel the need to make a difference Todays Generation X has developed a lackadaisical attitude when it comes to voting The main reasons for apathy among young voters are todays young adults lack interest knowledge and trust in American politics According to the US Census Bureau voters between the ages of 18 and 24 have had the worst voter turnout rate of any age group in every congressional and presidential election since 1980 For example of the 10 million eligible voters between the ages of 21 to 24 only 372 percent were registered to vote in the 1994 congressional elections and only 165 percent voted Although they fared a little better in the presidential elections with 385 percent voting in the 1996 Clinton-Dole showdown it is still worrying that not even half the eligible voters in that age group exercised their right to vote The 60s on the other hand saw more than half of 11 million young voters taking to the polls We clearly have a lost of interest in politics among Americas young adults Most young adults today would rather watch MTVs The Real World than the evening news For many young adults especially those in school too many other events are more important than voting The top priority of most students is to graduate everything else is on the back burner Therefore many students do not take the time necessary to follow politics and be well informed of the issues at hand Furthermore the issues usually are targeted at
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