The youth vote was a major factor in the election of President Barack Obama, but two years into his presidency, it seems he’s losing that support.A recent AP/mtvU poll showed support for the president is waning among students nationwide. The poll shows he now has an approval rating of 44 percent among college students, down from 60 percent in May 2009.Of those polled, 27 percent reported being unhappy with his administration, up from 15 percent two years ago.“Voters aren’t happy with the economy and aren’t happy with high unemployment,” said Katherine Cook, chairwoman of the USC College Republicans. “Many who supported Obama two years ago feel like Obama hasn’t delivered on the hope and change he promised.”However, the political director of the USC College Democrats, Micah Scheindlin, said Obama’s lagging numbers in the polls is normal.“Politics is cyclical,” Scheindlin said. “You’re always going to see a president go down in popularity once they actually start governing.”Expert’s say Obama’s support has decreased because of high unemployment rates, opposition to the economic stimulus and the healthcare overhaul, which might present Republicans with the chance to win back the majority in Congress on Nov. 2.In an effort to prevent this, the president has hit the campaign trail, stumping on behalf of several Democratic candidates locked in close races. One of these stops will be at USC, where Obama will rally support for incumbent California Sen. Barbara Boxer.These rallies, many of which are occurring at universities, might help the president, Cook said.“[Obama’s university visits] may just be the deciding factor in several close Senate elections, and Obama needs all the Democrat seats he can get in order to continue pushing his agenda in Washington,” Cook said.Though his approval rating is dropping, many USC students said they still support the president.“People are losing trust in Obama because they want quick results,” said Felix Oje, a junior majoring in aerospace engineering. “It’s because people are looking at where we are right now and attributing that to who’s [in office] now, but [the recession] was bound to happen since four years ago.”Christopher Pryor, a junior majoring in creative writing, agreed.“He’s doing a solid job,” Pryor said. “There’s always going to be people who are cynics and people who are advocates.”Although the economy and high unemployment continues to weigh on students’ minds, many USC students said they were most concerned about Obama’s healthcare reform.“The healthcare bill surprisingly passed both the House and the Senate,” said Melanie Houselog, a junior majoring in biomedical engineering. “Unless the Republicans manage to take over Congress and change this bill from ever taking effect, I truly believe that Obama has royally screwed over the United States of America.”She added that her main opposition to the bill included the allocation of money in healthcare and the lack of attention to seniors.“I really don’t know if Obama won because he had so many candidates blindly following him or because people wanted to be a part of history,” Houselog said.
Published on August 7, 2020 at 4:25 pm Contact Danny: firstname.lastname@example.org | @DannyEmerman Comments The Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.Syracuse football players chose not to participate in training camp practices Thursday and Friday due to concerns with other schools’ policies for protecting against the coronavirus. The players held a series of meetings — some including head coach Dino Babers and Director of Athletics John Wildhack — instead of practicing, Syracuse.com reported.“At the request of our student-athletes on the football team, we will conduct COVID-19 testing twice per week beginning the week of September 7,” Wildhack said in a statement released Friday afternoon. Though players are comfortable with SU’s COVID-19 protocols, they are unsure of the policies of their ACC opponents and nonconference opponent Liberty, according to Syracuse.com. Babers has said that SU has set a standard for COVID-19 testing and procedures, but the university has not made players’ test results public.The ACC’s plan mandates weekly testing for football players, as well as isolation for infected athletes and quarantine for those who have been in contact with them. Liberty, meanwhile, won’t require tests for students returning to campus. Thursday was supposed to be Syracuse’s first day of training camp after the team completed its voluntary workout stage. Babers during a virtual press conference Thursday afternoon indicated that practice would continue as scheduled.“The energy moving up to this week has been outstanding,” Babers said. “We’re kind of tired of doing all the other stuff; we want to get back to stuff we know how to do, which is football.”Cooper Dawson, a redshirt freshman defensive lineman, is the only Syracuse player who has publicly opted out of the season. However, other players are still considering whether to opt out, Babers said.Players in the Pac-12 are threatening to sit out the season unless their demands, which range from medical protection from COVID-19 to social justice reform, are met. Athletes in the Big Ten have asked for similar health protections from their conference.“I know there’s a lot of talk of that going on. It’s not exclusive to just the Pac-12. All guys from all different schools are talking,” SU redshirt senior OL Airon Servais said Thursday. It’s unclear if Syracuse players will continue to sit out practice going forward.This story is developing and will be updated with further reporting. Facebook Twitter Google+
Liverpool has continued their October of draws – finishing 1-1 at home to Southampton.Sunderland is now 2 points off the bottom as a result of a 3-0 victory over north east neighbours Newcastle at the Stadium of Light.MeanwhileScottish Premiership leaders Celtic still only have one league defeat after their opening 12 fixtures.The champions’ 5-0 home win over strugglers Dundee United takes their top flight tally to 31 goals. *** Their 0-0 draw at rivals Manchester United was also the only time they haven’t conceded a goal in their last 9 games in all competitions. Tottenham are only 3 points outside the Champions League places thanks to a 5-1 victory at Bournemouth.