Saturday, November 17, 2007

The Price of a Vote

NYU journalism students recently discovered that every vote has a price. Via E&P, results of a campus poll:

Twenty percent said they’d exchange their vote for an iPod touch. But 66 percent said they’d forfeit their vote for a free [tuition] ride to NYU. And half said they’d give up the right to vote forever for $1 million.

But, they also overwhelmingly lauded the importance of voting. Ninety percent of the students who said they’d give up their vote for the money also said they consider voting “very important” or “somewhat important”; only 10 percent said it was “not important.”
There is a lot about these poll results that scream stupid, but c'mon, $1 million? In a day and age where $1 million is equal to the $100 bill of the 70's, these students would exchange their vote for only $1 million?

I don't know if this speaks to a lack of respect for democracy, or a lack of relational understanding in the exchange of money for goods and services. If I couldn't vote against these guys, I would want more than $1 million tucked away in offshore accounts and foreign currencies, that's for sure.

1 comment:

  1. One million isn't so bad. What cost a million in 1970 should cost a little over 5 times that today.