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Students for Kerry

The Leon and Sylvia Panetta Institute for Public Policy has released a new poll of (four-year) college students, conducted by Hart Research. The findings confirm earlier poll results that suggest college students, as with young voters in general, are leaning strongly toward the Democrats and Kerry.

In terms of party ID, Democrats currently enjoy a healthy lead among students of 14 points (44-30).

In the poll's prospective ballot question, Kerry leads Bush by 12 points (42-30) among students, with just 4 percent going to Nader (note that Kerry’s lead is actually slightly larger–13 points (45-32)–among students who are registered voters). Kerry's support is broad and includes leads among men (7 points) and among whites (8 points).

College students also favor Kerry over Bush on a wide range of characteristics. By 28 points, they think Kerry better understands the needs of college students, by 18 points, they believe he "cares about people like me", by 12 points that he is honest and truthful, by 10 points that he is personally likable, by 9 points that he can get things done and by 6 points that would use good judgement in a crisis. Bush receives advantages only on "willing to take a stand, even if it is unpopular (8 points) and being a strong leader (1 point).

On issues, Kerry's advantages are even more pronounced. Bush has a lead only on defending the country from future terrorist attacks (13 points). But Kerry leads on protecting the environment (45 points), improving education (27 points), dealing with the costs of college education (27 points), improving the health care system (26 points), improving the jobs situation (24 points) and "making wise decisions about what to do in Iraq" (4 points).

Finally, consistent with other polls, college students support allowing gay marriage (52-38) and overwhelmingly oppose a constitutional amendment to ban such marriages (63-29).

The only bad news here for Kerry and the Democrats is that students express increasingly low levels of confidence in the efficacy of voting in presidential elections as a way to bring about social change. That kind of attitude could contribute to keeping turnout down, when the Democrats would clearly benefit from as high turnout as possible among college students.

On the other hand, the survey found that college students were overwhelmingly convinced that the outcome of this particular election would really matter for making progress on the important issues facing the country--more convinced, in fact, than the public as a whole. Democrats would be well-advised to try to build on students' clear understanding of the stakes of this election.

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Get them marching! Play to their cynicism and their need to see something concrete happening, even if it is either futile or overblown at the time: teach them how to counter-demonstrate.

Use their desire for conflict, for simple-looking confrontational situations. Show them the power of numbers, of blocking roads, of chaining themselves to gates, of the bloody-faced protest photograph.

Show them how much fun it can be beating the shit out of a bunch of smirking YAF'ers on planetary television, and laughing as you're being wrestled off into a police van, singing, with all your friends. Let's call it "setting the context".

This current crew of cowardly thugs calling themselves conservatives can't stand up to committed, persistent, bloody, in-your-face protest. They have no heart, no fire. Just sadism.

They're really just bullies. They *know* they're deeply in the minority. They're just hoping no one is paying attention.

This one won't be over until we're marching in the streets by the millions. We need to start organizing *now*.

Yes . . .Dean saw how valuable all those college voters really were.

"This one won't be over until we're marching in the streets by the millions. We need to start organizing *now*."

No, actually, marching in streets is rather irrelevant. It won't be 'over' until November. You're stategies weren't so effective at the ballot box in 1968, '72, or '84 and I don't see any way how that's going to help us win FL, OH, or AZ.

As the post says, getting them to vote is the problem. Is America Coming Together (or any of the other 527s) including college students among its target groups of potential voters to get to the polls in November?

So your brother's bound and gagged
And they've chained him to a chair
Won't you please come to Chicago just to sing
In a land that's known as freedom
How can such a thing be fair
Won't you please come to Chicago for the help that you can bring

I don't think the protests of the sixties were ineffective at all. They changed people's minds. That level of commitment, that large a number of people expressing their commitment, can change minds just because of the strength of their convictions. Nixon ran for office on the basis of his plan to end the war. Had he not heard the voice of protest, he would have run on a plan to prosecute the war more effectively. Johnson didn't run because of the war and the protests. Had Bobby Kennedy not been murdered, I think you would have seen him become president in '68, and that would have changed EVERYTHING.

The notion that public protest is not effective goes hand in hand with the notion that voting is not effective. You have to get that energy level up, because the motivated vote, and the vote does change the outcome.

Look I'm a very politically active college student, but nothing ever affects us positively. All we do is get screwed over no matter WHO is in charge.

It's a cycle. If you don't pander to us, we won't vote which causes you not to pander to us. That said, if Kerry made some sort of committment to not raising tuition (mines gone up 25% in 2 years) increasing the numbers of pell grants and making it easier for college students to vote if they go away to college (see an excellent story on TomPaine.com about it, my boyfriend is a case in point he's having to vote absentee in his home district) and he would definitely get a massive response.

the party should be coordinating with Howard Dean to have him visit as many of the major campuses between September and November as he can. if anyone can impress the importance of Kerry's election upon the students, it is Howard

It is not clear to me how Kerry could commit to "not raising tuition," particularly at private schools. Perhaps he could increase aid to public schools, but Universities seem to be almost immune from the competitive forces that keep costs down. In fact, if they are competing anywhere, it is in granting relief (i.e. aid) to particular, select individuals. As often, the ordinary person/student gets screwed.

I think that he will be limited to devising creative ways to help people pay tuition, not to reigning it in.

(A Dad with one in and one to go)

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So the evidence that protestin works is that Nixon changed his lies from one lie to another lie? How do you know he wasn't responding to polls?

If protest is so magical, why doesn't the most effective power-grabbing machine in history (the neo-ons) use this strategy?

Use the tactics the right ha tought you - have a high voter turnout, and work to convince other people to aggree with your views, instead of convinving yourself to feel and become helpless.

Continuing the Graham Nash song "Chicago", quoted above by dean:

We can change the world
Rearrange the world
It's dying to get better.

Yeah, and just look how successful that was. Mayor Daley was ousted in the next election, George McGovern carried 49 states in 1972, and everything's been pretty much great ever since. All testament to the power of "taking it to the streets" in a democracy.