Economy: Top Election Concern for Students –

A majority of college students consider the economy the most important issue in the 2012 presidential election, according to a September survey conducted by OnCampus Research, a division of the National Association of College Stores (NACS).

The survey, which includes responses from 648 college students, revealed that 69.3% think the economy is the most important issue, followed by education (67.7%), healthcare (66.7%), and student loans (50.4%).

Additionally, the survey shows that 35.8% of students are very influenced by a candidate’s record. Almost 32% are moderately influenced by a candidate’s political party while 28.8% are moderately influenced by the debates. Less influential factors include celebrity endorsements, religious affiliations (personal or the candidate’s), friends’ political views, and Internet/social networking.

A significant number of students (40.4%) find it to be completely true of themselves to be concerned about the current job market and the lack of options following graduation, while 39.3% are concerned about the amount of student debt they will have accumulated by the time they graduate.

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