Most New York University students would give up their right to vote for a full year’s tuition. One in five will give up their right to vote for an iPod touch.
But only on a year by year basis. To get someone to give up their right to vote forever, you need to pay one million dollars. Two thirds of the NYU students said they would jump at this deal.
This study, involving 3,000 respondents and done for a journalism class, did not seem to specify the following condition: You give up your vote and give it to me (or someone else). History tells us that people will routinely do that. This, in fact, is how approximately 49-51 percent of actual voters vote, right? The “I’ll lower your taxes” promise seems to yield these numbers on a regular basis.
The funny thing about this survey, reported here, is this: Most of these students have never voted and a large percentage never will.