Where Millennials’ views come from

Millennials claim to get their views from the people around them

Katie Bullock and Jessica Glaszczak

As the election approaches, presidential campaigns are working tirelessly to reach voters before Nov. 8 when they cast their final vote.

Campaigns are particularly focused towards the Millennial and Gen X generations because they are the largest chunk of the population eligible to vote, according to a July 2016 Pew Research study.

Since these generations are the largest chunk of the population, ad campaigns target them more than any  age group.

Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton has spent approximately 534 million dollars according to the Center for Responsive Politics, while Republican Party nominee Donald Trump has spent nearly 386 million dollars.

These numbers show that the presidential candidates believe ads have influence over voters but students like senior Kiara Divine disagree.

“I feel like it’s a waste of money and time,” Divine said. “We all know they’re both running. They don’t have to spend all this money on advertising, instead they can spend this money on the promises they’re making that probably won’t happen.”

Although the candidates try to sway the voter population with ads, many Millennials, such as senior Susan Engstrom, believe that parents have the biggest impact on Millennial’s political beliefs.

“Parents are the people who instill values in you,” Engstrom said. “[I don’t agree with] the kinds of things that they believe in politics, but that’s just because my parents are very big with having your own opinion.”

Senior McKayla Jameson believes that although students get most of those opinions from their family and friends, it is important to search out credible information to form your own opinion.

“The people you surround yourself with definitely have a big impact on what your beliefs are, but you can also go outside those beliefs of what your family and friends think,” Jameson said.

According to Engstrom, although Millennials may be influenced by friends, family and media, it is most important to find your own voice and have your own opinion.

“Just because my parents think something, I don’t have to think it.” Engstrom said.