Primary Elections Alter Public Opinion

Primary Elections Alter Public Opinion

Robert Carlile, Co-Editor-in-Chief

The media is a vital tool for modern political campaigns, giving the general public an immediate outlet to voice their opinions on the candidate’s actions. However, in today’s society the public has been skewed to care more about scandalous content and care less about policies and serious topics.

At the Republican Presidential debate on September 16th, the scandalous content was clearly voiced. Throughout the debate the candidates took jabs at each other pointed towards their faults and most of the time, neglected debating the policies which they stand for. However, in the first Democratic debate on October 13th, there was a sense of assurance between the debaters. Throughout, each candidate neglected discussing scandalous issues and focused on the important policies at hand.

“I really believe that the people of Texas need to take notice of how the Democrats handled themselves in their debate on Tuesday,” Independent voter Rosa Estevez said. “They had a sense of unity and agreement between each other.”

In order to move away from the unimportant topics, the nominees in the Republican party need to work with each other to have a common ground during the upcoming debates. When the important issues are discussed at the scheduled debates, the public is able to get a view of their policies. When these policies are neglected for trivial topics, the public never gets to hear the platforms for their chosen candidate.

“I’ve strayed away from watching the debates because often times no real policy debates occur,” Independent voter Jorge Siller said.

With portions of the public choosing to ignore the debates entirely, the democratic process falls useless. With people straying away from viewing the primary debates, the less likely there are to vote for the next President. It is vital for the public to exercise their right of universal suffrage. Without it, improper representation occurs leading to bigger political problems further down the road.

“The public should know about the scandals that occur within the political parties, but it should not be the primary focus within the debates,” Independent voter Marie Durovic said.

Although the public should be able to hear about scandals that the candidates have during the road to Presidency, a political debate isn’t the place for it. The Presidential debates should contain important discussion about issues concerning the public and less about the candidate’s personal issues. The media should be the place for the controversy; however, the media will still exaggerate and sensationalize each aspect of the scandal in order to get views to their publication.

To correct the issue of neglecting policy debate within the scheduled Presidential debates, the candidates need to partake in their duty of covering the policies that will impact the people and discuss the issues that affect them less.

As the Presidential debates continue for both parties, the Republicans and Democrats need to focus less on the mundane scandals that impact them and plant their arguments to the public policies and platforms that they stand for. In doing so, the public will be given a better outlook on the candidates of each party. Thus strengthening the democratic process.