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Are politicians having a positive influence on a younger voting audience by their increased use of social media sites?

Politicians are using mediums such as YouTube and social network sites in an attempt to become more relevant to a younger voter demographic. Is this making a difference? How effective is this new medium in getting the politicians message across? I am also interested in any research done on this topic.

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    Jun 15 2011: I don't see it making much of a difference. Young people don't vote because most politicians are out of step with youth values, and the ones that aren't, we are constantly reminded on TV are not electable. Likewise politicians ignore the concerns of the young because there is no votes to be had. A real chicken and egg problem.
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      Jun 16 2011: Anthony - I would agree that most politicians are out of step with the young voters - we had a Federal election in Australia last year and the first 20 year old was elected to Parliament. His electorate was mainly families and older people. Maybe this is the start of some change.
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        Jun 17 2011: Well he may have been young but if it was sill an older population that elected him he has to represent those values. right?
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          Jun 30 2011: You are right anthony, he has to respresent their values or he won't get re-elected. It is the same with all politicians. If an oil or medical company backs them for elect do you think he won't shot down a bill to tax them even if it helps the majority of people? You know the answer.

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