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Young Voters Speak Out on Election-year Issues, Politicians

A new survey shows 80 percent of 18-to-30 year olds are registered voters and are concerned about the direction of the country. Judy Woodruff reports how young Americans view election-year issues as part of a series on "Generation Next."

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  • JUDY WOODRUFF, NewsHour Special Correspondent:

    We traveled around the United States this summer, listening and talking to young people about everything from pop culture to politics. What we found was that a lot of them were skeptical about politics and voting.

    In California, onboard our R.V. with a computer and a Web cam, we heard from Aaron McDaniel.


    I'm pretty much apathetic towards politics. I mean, I'm sure that if I paid attention to a lot of it, I might have an opinion, but I don't know. I just don't see the point in, like, watching a TV and this old guy saying, you know, "This is what should be done, this is what should be done."


    Roxanne Nance in Fayetteville, Arkansas.


    I just want to know how the next time is going to be different? You know, why should I go out and vote them back in office now that I can vote if they screwed everything up now? You know, why should I vote for you if I don't think that it's going to be different next time?


    Jackson Sarneski-Hayes.


    I'm sad to say that a lot of people I know, if you ask them what their political views are, they'll say they just don't care.