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MI First Election: Sarah Drummond

Students have a hard time staying informed about all of the issues and candidates between homework, classes, and social lives. Despite this students don’t often turn to major news networks for their information.

“I just kind of read for myself,” says Abby Bixler about how she researched the proposals. “I have been listening to my parents and friends talk and I got a pretty good idea.”

Many students like Bixler get information through secondary sources like parents and friends. There are students who use media for information, but most are not watching major news networks.

“I watched the debates and Colbert Report,” Says Anthony Russel. “I watch The Daily Show too, but Colbert is funnier.”

Students are watching shows like The Daily Show and Colbert Report because they trust comedians instead of reporters. Still, others look online for information.

“I read all about the proposals multiple times and tried to follow each candidates opinions,” says Ryce Maurer. “I type it in Google and see what I see.”

Not all students are well informed. Robert Lee Hyatt did little research before voting.

“I didn’t do a lot of research, but I watched two debates,” says Hyatt. “I need to start getting into it because I’ll be out on my own soon.”

Hyatt’s feels that he does not need to stay up to date because the issues do not concern him yet.

“I’m not really paying taxes,” Hyatt says. “My parents are still sort of taking care of me.”

Older students such as Katherine Logan are more prepared when it came to research.

“I watched all the debates,” says Logan. “And I looked online at the policies they were trying to implement.”

Although many students said they were staying informed, most of them got their information from Google’s search engine or family and friends who had done something similar. None of the students mentioned any major TV networks other than Comedy Central, and there were no specific websites anyone used.

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