New Survey Shows Teens Deeply Concerned About Election Issues and Civic Engagement, But Most Say They Would Not Want to be President

Atlanta, GA, November 01, 2008 --( Results released this week from a survey of U.S. teens shows they are deeply concerned about civic engagement and issues around our upcoming presidential election, but most would not want to be President and they say education is the most important issue we face.

Survey: Teens Don’t Want to be President
The most striking result from the survey: 64 percent would Not want to be President of the United States. This represents an increase from the same survey conducted before the 2004 election when 57 percent said they did not want to be President.

The survey was conducted by Boys & Girls Clubs of America as part of a series of national Teen Town Hall meeting on youth issues.

Other Survey Highlights:
-- 43% say good character and strong ethics are the most important attributes of the U.S. President. Other important attributes: the ability to inspire people (22%), education (21%), experience in foreign policy (5%) and a successful track record in government (10%).
-- 32% say making sure our young people are well-educated is the most important issue facing the U.S.
-- A majority (53%) of teens are only “somewhat” optimistic about the future of the U.S. over the next decade.
-- Drugs and Alcohol abuse (21%), and teen pregnancy (20%) are two important issues facing teens that they feel the candidates are Not addressing.
-- More than half (57%) have watched at least one of the candidate debates.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America ( has been changing and saving young lives, providing hope and opportunity for kids who need them most. Today, some 4,300 Clubs serve some 4.8 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Known as The Positive Place for Kids, Boys & Girls Clubs can be found all across the country and on U.S. military bases throughout the world. Clubs provide young people 6-18 years old with guidance-oriented character development programs conducted by trained, professional staff. In communities large and small, Clubs positively impact lives and help young people reach their full potential as productive, caring citizens. Key Boys & Girls Club programs emphasize leadership development; education and career exploration; community service; financial literacy; health and life skills; the arts; sports, fitness and recreation; and family outreach. In a recent Harris Survey of Club alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their life. National headquarters are located in Atlanta.

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