Hopeful or pessimistic? Teens weigh in on the future of the American political system
When high school senior Devon Wood sits down at the dinner table with her parents they catch up on what’s happening at school or at the farm. But as of late, midterm elections — and politics in general — have dominated their evening conversations.
Graphic produced by Allison McCartney for the PBS NewsHour One of the more surprising facts that came out of the survey is that 66 percent of students were against lowering the voting age to 16. Here is what 17-year-old Caroline Holyoak, a junior at Judge Memorial Catholic High School in Utah, and Evan Gulock, 17, a senior at Royal Oak High School in Michigan had to say:
The Student Reporting Labs program is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the American Graduate initiative.
We shared the survey data with our students and asked them to create their own infographics.
Youth & Politics Infographic by @NewTechCoppell ‘s @TaylorClark___ for #MidtermElections @reportinglabs #boydbence pic.twitter.com/XvILbwyTMj
â Janelle Q. Bence (@Janelle) November 3, 2014
Produced by Taylor Clark at New Tech High @ Coppell in Coppell, Texas.
Alley, a BRFHS @reportinglabs staffer, worked with some #MidtermElections data from SRL labs. Interesting results! pic.twitter.com/YBM6xSWkBq
â Black River Falls HS (@BRFHighSchool) November 3, 2014
Produced by Alyssa Phillips, a student at Black River Falls High School in Black River Falls, Wisconsin.
Are young people in tuned with politics? Check out this infographic to learn more @reportinglabs @PBS pic.twitter.com/0m088jxRsZ
â CPBN Media Lab (@CPBNMediaLab) November 4, 2014
Produced by Karren Saldi at the CPBN Media Lab at Connecticut Public Broadcasting in Hartford, Connecticut.