Primary Day in New Hampshire has generated nonstop media coverage, turning the presidential race into a guessing game.  Who will win and why? Are their stands on the issues important or does their posturing make the difference?

For the first time, millennials will count for a third of potential voters.  What are their views?  While The Atlantic writes “The Kids Are For Bernie,” a random sampling around the NYU campus on primary day found a wide range of opinions and preferences among students and others.

A random sampling of students studying at NYU’s Kimmel Center for University Life found that college students are frustrated with the inability of the political process president to produce real change.

Many students identified with the liberal views of Bernie Sanders but think he will be unable to push his policies through a divided congress. For them, the primaries and the presidential election are not as important as finding a way to reform the system as a whole.

While there is a widely held belief that young voters need take an interest in the presidential election, some students think more emphasis should be on voting for local Congressional representatives.

“Primary elections don’t really matter. It’s the system itself that’s messed up,” said Ruben Contreras, a senior math and physics major.  “We need to get the support that we have now currently with a whole bunch of younger voters, especially millennial voters, to actually vote in the senatorial elections.”

Yet even students studying politics are feeling a disconnect with the presidential election and as a result some are not following the election very closely. Nick Lukito, a senior politics and economics major, said that he was indifferent towards the election and that this is a common trend amongst students studying politics.

“It seems like the politics majors are the least interested in the election. Probably because they deal with this stuff in class all day,” Lukito said. “I would actually flip a coin to decide my vote.”

Still other like Richard Hu, a junior studying computer science, believe that, “If people just participated, whether or not they voted for Republicans or Democrats, we would get a more accurate representation of the government that represents our interests whether we individually agree with them or not.” — Zach Larimer and Lee Xie

In a downtown coffee shop south of Houston Street, young baristas and customers weighed in on how they feel about the controversial 2016 presidential elections and tonight’s primary.

Fabrizzio, 32, the owner of the boutique café keeps up with politics by watching news from opposite ends of the political spectrum: CNN and Fox News. By exposing himself to different perspectives, he believe he will find the middle ground that will provide the most truth.

Although he has watched a few of the debates this season, he seemed disenchanted when talking about the possible outcomes and the candidates themselves. “There has not been anybody in the past years that has made me think, ‘Oh man- I really want that person to win.’” He belittled Donald Trump as mere entertainment and dismissed Ted Cruz as being “such a fake,” believing that he is a typical politician and crowd pleaser who forms opinions based on what audience he is speaking to at the moment.

Fabrizzio does not feel any affinity toward any of the candidates — and has not for the last few elections — but suspects that Hillary Clinton might be the victor for the Democratic party at the New Hampshire primaries. “But if Trump does win,” said Fabrizzio, “At least there would be a level of entertainment, like wow, I’m actually alive to see this happen.”

Fabrizzio’s apathy for the candidates contrasts the growing millennial support for underdog Bernie Sanders. As an immigrant from the Dominican Republic, Monica, 27, brings an international perspective. Like most people her age, she relies on Facebook and the Skimm as a primary news sources.

Monica doesn’t yet have voting status, but her unshakable democratic beliefs fuel her avid support for the Democratic party. “My number one is Hillary,” she says, but increasing attention around Sander’s campaign has led her to understand and appreciate his “open minded views.” Between Trump and Rubio, Monica believes the republican candidates are “crazy” and don’t stand a chance because they don’t have the Latino vote. “Trump is a joke. So is Cruz. They don’t know the people of the United States and their campaigns don’t follow the foundations of this country.” — Maia Dombey & Nicole Meyers

Bernie Sanders has stolen millennial hearts across college campuses in America and among a number of NYU students interviewed today in between classes.

NYU political science student Camila Alvarez, 21, said that Sanders appeals to younger millennials with his stinging critique of prescription drug companies and corporate banks and his proposal to “lower college tuition and increase taxes for billionaires.”

I think the young voters are cynical that Clinton will get anything done at all,” said Alvarez, a registered Democrat. “Even though her policies are more moderate, I think she’s going to do less as president than she says she will now. It ties into the idea that she’s less genuine, and cynical young voters see right through that.”

“Even though Sanders’ policies are more radical, I think he’ll be more forceful and more honest so he’ll actually follow through with what he says,” she added.

Fellow political-science major Ann Park, 20, echoed Alvarez’s sentiments about Clinton’s lack of authenticity but said that she would still vote for the former First Lady because she has the power to exact incremental but meaningful change.

“I do respect Sanders’ ideas and he definitely brings a voice to critical issues like wealth inequality and climate change,” she said, “but it’s hard to get things down without establishment support, which Hillary has.”

Sanders may win the New Hampshire primary and take the early lead, Park said, but Clinton will “probably win both the nomination and the presidency.”

Business students, however, are not feeling the Bern. Many are resisting the youth movement and leaning toward establishment GOP candidates like Marco Rubio and and Jeb Bush.

“Young people have a rebellious streak and will get excited about anything, especially when it involves fighting corporate greed and the wealthy upper class. Sanders incites that rebelliousness,” said Shajeel Zaidi, a 21-year-old finance and economics student.

However, he believes that Stern students are unlikely to support Sanders because of his stance against the corporate sector. As a Pakistani, Zaidi is unable to vote but supports Marco Rubio because his foreign policy would benefit his country.

Similarly, Sabrina He, 20, is an international student who cannot vote but has strong views on the upcoming election. She supports Jeb Bush due to his political backing and her conviction that the Bush family “gets things done,” stressing the importance of avoiding another government shutdown.–Claire Wang, Shirley Foo

While the opinions of NYU students widely vary in terms of the 2016 Presidential election, one crucial factor unites them: very few plan to vote. Whether it’s due to lack of care or education on the topic, this evening’s New Hampshire Primary Election was not a priority for students congregating in NYU’s Bobst Library this afternoon.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, only 23.1 percent of people between the ages of 18 and 31 voted in 2014.

John R., an NYU senior, follows the Clinton and Trump campaigns, but was completely unaware of Marco Rubio’s existence in the race until today. John also bashfully admitted that he was unaware of today’s primary, something he recognized as part of the reason he hasn’t registered to vote yet. “I need to be more educated,” John said, “I think I’m going to [vote]; I’m going to cram for the election.”

Although Natalie Boykoff is an NYU student who has followed the events surrounding the election, she has yet to commit to voting by registering. Boykoff stressed the importance of remaining up-to-date with the election, but like John R., and many other millennials, the commitment to vote is just not there. “I’m actually not registered to vote,” Boykoff said, “…but I’d say it’s really important [to follow the election] because it’s the person who’s going to be running our country.”

Millennials, one third of the United States’ potential voter population, seem to lack political motivation when it comes to voting in this year’s election. Will the candidates be able to spark millennials’ interest as we approach Election Day? Only time will tell. — Jillian Matt & Atalie Gimmel

On a cold Tuesday afternoon, just hours before the 2016 New Hampshire primary, students took shelter within the The LaGuardia Co-Op. A random sampling of students from this lab mirrored the larger political realm for millennials where most are stuck with the tough question: Hillary or Bernie?
Of the students polled, they were divided between Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. The reason for choosing one over the other typically varying based on business background. Those that were for Clinton either  work in a business-related field or are business majors.

Kendra Leach, 26, manages of the Student Technology Centers at NYU. Leach is so supportive of Clinton that she has taken extra measures in order to secure her vote for Clinton in both the upcoming primaries and in the November general election. She made sure to register in her home state of South Carolina, noting that “a Democratic vote in New York doesn’t count as much as one down there.”

Those who were in favor of Sanders were just as adamant about their candidate as the Clinton supporters.

Kristen Barry, an NYU alumna and now a student technology specialist on campus, went above and beyond in order to cast her vote for Sanders in the upcoming primary.  “I was registered as an Independent before but in order to vote for Bernie, I re-registered as a Democrat,” Barry said. –Dejarelle Gaines