Lillian Mongeau of KQED in San Francisco said: “The surprise was that even those planning to vote for Mitt Romney [about 10 percent of our sample] said they were socially liberal. To them, ‘small government’ was consistent with ‘no social regulations.’ In fact, students on all parts of the political spectrum had adopted the ‘liberty’ language of the Tea Party to explain how they felt about the government interfering in their personal lives.”…

“It was surprising how engaged these young eligible voters were on issues ranging from gay marriage to abortion and birth control to student loans,” said Dave Kellogg at KPLU. “Yet when asked whether they planned to vote, many said no, or at best, maybe. Reasons for their reluctance varied, but common threads included being turned off from the political fighting, the belief that their vote wouldn’t make a difference, and doubts as to whether they understood the issues enough to bother to participate.”