USF Students Vote Obama in Straw Poll

The economy, jobs and education are top issues in the election, students said.

With the elections just weeks away, the University of South Florida had a straw poll Monday to see which candidate students favored.

According to a USF press release, 63 percent of students voting favored President Barack Obama’s reelection bid, a 1 percent drop from the level of support in 2008.

Do you agree with the results, Temple Terrace? Let us know in the comments section.

Republican Mitt Romney was the choice of 30 percent of students, and lesser-known candidates rounded out the field with single digit percentages, the release states.

A total of 1,645 ballots were cast in the straw poll, which took place at six locations around campus, according to the release.

“College students still align solidly with President Obama, a trend that tracks with national polls,” said USF Political Science Professor Susan MacManus in the release. “The challenge for the President is getting them to turnout on election day.”

The event was sponsored by the campus political honor society Pi Sigma Alpha, USF’s Honors College and Student Government.

Student Heaven Hale, a member of Pi Sigma Alpha said in the release: “The turnout was much higher than I expected. It surprises me that President Obama’s numbers are almost as high as 2008. I thought he would have had more of a drop off.”

The results on major questions in the straw poll follow.

Barack Obama: 63 percent
Mitt Romney: 30 percent
Others: Gary Johnson, 3 percent; Jill Stein, 2 percent; all others, 2 percent

Connie Mack: 30 percent
Bill Nelson: 60 percent
Others: 10 pecent

Amendment 6
Yes: 29 percent
No: 49 percent
Don’t know enough about it yet: 22 percent

Amendment 8
Yes: 56 percent
No: 22 percent
Don’t know enough about it yet: 22 percent

Amendment 12
Yes: 35 percent
No: 16 percent
Don’t know enough about it yet: 49 percent

Which of the following issues is most important to you in selecting who to vote for in 2012?
Economy/Jobs: 45 percent
Education: 31 percent
Health Care: 12 percent
Government Corruption: 7 percent
Foreign Policy: 5 percent

Party Registration:
Democrats: 40 percent
Republicans: 25 percent
Independents: 23 percent
Others: 12 percent

peter October 17, 2012 at 08:56 PM
This is why the voting age should be at least 25 so these young naive minds get to really see how the real world is and not the bubble of college life protection...ask the 23 million people looking for work and see if they believe in Barrack's rhetoric of better middle class and more jobs...all he does is tell you what you want to hear...but he does nothing to help matter of fact he hurts the American people...He's an empty suit silver tongued attorney and always will be...we can't have another 4 years of this
JS October 18, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Our University systems across this nation are so left wing biased it is disgusting. My son is a pre med student with a minor in public health. He is forced to listen to how wonderful Obamacare is in all his classes. An Inconvenient Truth, a movie with a known bias and falsified facts, was mandatory viewing with a follow up paper. Brainwashing students with a socialist agenda is quite successful.
USF_ChemE October 21, 2012 at 11:50 PM
I relish in the opinions in those who feel that the political leanings of those with careers in higher education are poisoning to students and create "naive" individuals. Regardless of political leaning, those who are pursuing a degree in higher education have just much of a right to vote and to form an opinion as another age group. Senior citizens have a strong political leaning towards conservative policy because of the representation they get towards the issues they care about. (SS, Medicare, etc.) However I find it strange that so little people suggest that there be an age where you are too old to vote, simply because the political tendencies of your age group make your votes predictable. I cherish my opportunity and constitutional right to vote in elections and I am very observant as to the policy implications of amendments and elected officials. Rather than label a group as naive or brainwashed by socialist, how about you engage in educated conversation over the issues that matter to all parties.


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