Wilkes University


Wilkes University to Host Young Voters Focus Group and Debate Watch on October 19

Wilkes University will host a young voters focus group and a debate watch for the final face-off between presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. It will be on Oct. 19 in Wilkes University’s Shelburne TV Studio, located in Room 57, Studio C, in the lower level of the Stark Learning Center. The focus group will be held from 8-9 p.m. with the debate watch following at 9-10:30 p.m. 

The focus group will be the final one organized by Wilkes University professor  of communication studies Jane Elmes-Crahall’s Controlling Spin: News, Politics, and PR class. The focus group participants will be young voters (ages 18-30) who participated in at least one of the focus groups the class held prior to the Pennsylvania primary in April. The series of four focus groups held in April provided information on what young voters thought of the primary elections. At that time, neither Clinton nor Trump were top choice for voters in that age group.

Elmes-Crahall, an expert in political rhetoric, will facilitate the focus group to determine if, and how, the perceptions of the young voters have changed about the election since the primary. Young voters are now the largest and fastest growing segment of the American electorate, surpassing the Baby Boomers.