Our informal, non-professional, unscientific survey reveals Houston college students aren’t very engaged in politics.
It started with an online report which found some college students who couldn't name a single U.S. senator. There was a lot of snickering, so we decided to check locally.
We stopped 25 students. Three said they were too busy and rushed off. Twenty-two obviously bright young people stopped courteously and answered questions. Sort of.
Name a U.S. Senator from Texas we asked.
“I should know this,” said one girl.
“Wow,” said the second one, “I can't name a Texas Senator. I'm disappointed in myself.”
We talked to a physics major who had nothing for us.
“Kay Bailey Hutchinson?” - It's Hutchison.
When we said, “Ted,” we immediately got … “Cruz!”
So, a half-point for Cruz there means 2 1/2 out of 22 could name Ted Cruz or John Cornyn -- well, almost Cornyn...
“Corbin?” said a really smart-looking young man carrying a lot of heavy books.
These were actually pretty smart kids -- they just don't care about politics. Of course we only talked to 22 and there are 33-thousand undergraduates building their futures.