Nine student opinions on national politics

The majority of nine interviewed South Puget Sound Community College students don’t consider themselves affiliated with a particular political party.

Most felt Obama’s doing an okay job, while no one felt that Romney particularly represents them or their views.

The students were asked a variety of questions about national politics, but the two main questions touched on their political affiliations, and their opinion of Obama and Romney.

The majority of answers were short and sweet, but a few spoke at greater length.

Tallying up the score of political affiliations six out of the nine students interviewed felt unaffiliated with a specific party. The Democrats came in second place with three (one solidly democrat, two leaning democrat), and there was one who “rolls with” the Republican Party most of the time.

Four of the students are planning on voting: two are Democrats, and two are unaffiliated.

When asked why they are voting, students said, “It’s what our democracy is about,” it’s “our Constitutional right,” and our “responsibility as global citizens.”

Not all of the students said they are voting in this election, however.

Melinda Nachazel is among those not voting and said she doesn’t know a lot about politics, adding that she “probably should.”

Few of the students felt a kinship with Governor Mitt Romney, not even the Republican student. Most felt that Obama has done an okay job and deserved a second term.

Student Ron Bates felt Obama wasn’t doing a good job, and said “I just figure that we might as well let someone else take a crack at it, because it doesn’t seem to be going so well.”

For Oct.22-24, Obama’s approval rating according to Gallup (gallup.com) was 51 percent, and his disapproval rating was 44 percent. Among registered voters, Romney edges out Obama by two percentage points (48-46), and by six among likely voters (51-45).

Of the nine interviewed, the two most outspoken were Daniel Daye and Megan Walsh. Daye considers himself unaffiliated, while Walsh considers herself a Democrat.

Walsh said she has no plans to run for office, but she could probably beat Romney in a debate, or at least pin him down.

That’s no easy feat considering his demonstrable flexibility on issues. “Depending on when you listen to him, he says he will or won’t lower the tax rates of wealthy Americans,” she said.

While some Republicans and some Democrats are leery of the current state of bipartisanship, Daye is a little more lenient when it comes to the two parties.

He said, “I feel kind of like I’m in between. I agree actually with what both sides are doing, because there are some things that I think Mitt Romney can do better than Obama; flip side, there are also some things that Obama can do better than Romney.”

Daye also said, “I do believe the rich control the country; the middle class built the country. See, the rich can have all the money in the world, they can do all that, but they’re not the ones who keep the economy functioning,” said Daye.

Of those profiled, most knew that Hillary Clinton is the current Secretary of State, but no one had a clear grasp on the duties and responsibilities of the office.

When asked, Patrick Riley said, “The job of the Secretary of State is to look after what’s best for the overall state of the economic and…not necessarily economic, but those of the people when the…for instance, the president or the Governor cannot do those things.”