Survey reveals social media, 2020 events are biggest influencers of college-age voters

BestColleges survey shows voting priorities of 18-23 year olds has changed
Social media and 2020 impacting young vote
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Seattle, WA (KMOX) - A new survey suggests the newest generation of voters is largely relying on social media for their election information this year.

More than a third of the college and technical school students included in the BestColleges survey say they use social media as their primary souce of news about the 2020 election.

"49%, almost half of these students, said that social media posts will have a high impact on how they vote," says Mellisa Venable, Education Advisor with Best Colleges. Venable says, that's a concern, "do these younger students have the skills, the ability to critically analyze sources?"

The only thing this group of 18 to 23 year olds surveyed said will influence their vote more than social media -- the televised debates.

Venable points out there's also been a shift in voting priorities for the country's youngest voters that they attribute to the events of 2020. 40% consider COVID-19 and racial inequality the top two issues of the November election.

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