Sunday, October 18, 2009

When asking people on the UNCSA campus how much they would sell their vote for the response was either a ridiculously high amount of money or they would not sell. Although these options are completely opposite, the lack of variety in answers may be a sign of strong social capital. Voting rates increased 5 million people in the 2008 election. This might show that social capital is increasing because people value their votes.
We asked 20 people if they would sell their vote and 14 of them said that they would not sell. Even in a small scale on the UNCSA campus, the evidence is there. These results agree with the fact that more and more people are voting every year. The people who would sell their votes all said very high amounts, mostly 1 million dollars. This shows that they value it still, that ten dollars would not persuade them to sell their vote.
In all, everybody values their vote. This may be due to the fact that they wanted to look like they cared about politics for Mr. Millner who might see their picture, or because they were rushing somewhere and didn't want to take the time to think about it. However, I believe the reason is that they truly do value their votes, seeing that they can make a difference. Their voice is important to them.

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