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TELL US: Why is it important for you to be politically informed or involved?

By Missourian Community Outreach Team
August 27, 2012 | 3:48 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — As Missourian staff members have been working on how to cover the upcoming election, we have been especially curious about what motivates people to engage with politics.

In a column published earlier this month, Missourian executive editor Tom Warhover discussed a new study by The Harwood Institute that explores people’s feelings towards politics. The findings, which will be released next month in a book called “The Work of Hope,” revealed that people generally feel isolated from politics.

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“What we learned in this new study is that 'politics' and people’s disgust about it is no longer the central, dominant narrative in America,” Richard Harwood wrote. “Now the endless, often mind-numbing churn of politics lives outside people’s everyday world – operating as if in an entirely separate universe, with its own set of rules, winners and losers, and purpose.” (Download the whole first chapter here.)

With this in mind, we want to hear from people who do choose to spend their time engaging with politics.

TELL US: Why is it important for you to be politically informed or involved this election season? Comment below, or email submissions@ColumbiaMissourian.com. You can also share comments on the Missourian's Facebook page or its Twitter account.

At a political forum Thursday night hosted by the Associated Students of the University of Missouri and Delta Sigma Theta sorority, Abby Eisenberg from the community outreach team decided to ask the question of the student crowd. Here are some of the responses she heard:

Now, we want to know your reasons — why is it important for you to be politically informed or involved this election season?

Supervising editor is Joy Mayer.