Despite their distrust in government, fewer than one in four millennials plan to vote in this year's mid-term elections
Those under 30 played a key role in electing President Obama and keeping him in office, but they appear to lack interest in the congressional mid-terms. Not even the Texas governor's race can pique their interest.
We spoke with several students on the campus of Rice University to hear whether they plan to vote this fall.
“Is this a trick question?” one student asked, admitting he was unaware of this year's election.
“I don't feel like it directly affects me, I only feel like it affects the adults,” said one young woman. “Until now, I didn't really have much freedom as an adult so I never in the past considered the fact that I should be involved, or want to be involved.”
That apathy spells bad news for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, according to Brandon Rottinghaus at the University of Houston.
“The Democratic Party in Texas isn't yet geared up to be able to try to harness the tremendous power of younger people voting, which in the next decade could be tremendous for them,” Rottinghaus tells KTRH News. “I think in the near term it really isn't going to be a factor in getting Democrats elected.”
“You're going to see some interest in top-of-the-ticket races,” he says. “I don't know if the Davis campaign or the Van de Putte campaign is going to be able to transition to campaigning especially toward these individual groups quickly enough to get these voters out.”
Even with mounting student loan debt and a slow job market, some millenials still feel their vote doesn't matter.
“Younger populations tend to lean more toward the liberal opinion, but the idea is that Texas is very conservative, so our vote doesn't count,” one student told KTRH News.
Those who voted for Mitt Romney however, definitely plan to vote this year.