|SFSU students rule at the polls|
March 4, 2005
at last year's presidential election proved once again that the San Francisco
State student body is among the most politically committed student bodies
in the United States.
Eighty-nine percent of SFSU students polled said they voted in the last presidential election. The national average, according to a survey conducted by the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), was 77 percent.
President Robert A. Corrigan, whose office commissioned
the SFSU survey, is delighted with the results but not surprised. "Good voter turnout
just doesn't happen. We make it happen." He notes that events
like local candidate nights, get-out-the-vote rallies and voter registration
of students by students is "a long-standing tradition on our campus."
Questions regarding attitudes about the effectiveness
of the democratic process were also included in the PRI survey. Sixty
percent of SFSU
students disagreed with the statement, "People like me don't have
any say about what government does." Leading reasons for voting
were "It's my responsibility" and "I'm voting against
a specific candidate."
A study conducted in 2004 by Harvard University and the Chronicle of Higher Education found that SFSU is one of the leading campuses in the U.S. for effectively promoting voter participation among students. This year, voter turnout by SFSU students was 32 percent higher than in the 2000 presidential election.
-- Denize Springer
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