Throughout the whole debacle that came with last fall’s elections, there was much debate over the candidates. Moreover, if you want to be distinct, mainly the controversy between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the two candidates who ended up fighting against each other for the nation’s highest office.
All the same, there were many candidates before the race was narrowed down besides Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton who also received votes. Most of these candidates did not make it through the whole election season.
Seemingly, there were problems with all of the candidates, but none seemed to be more controversial than Clinton and Trump. Each side had their own public issues in the people’s view; it was interesting to see the Griswold High School students votes, and to see if they had agreed with any of the issues surrounding the new President and the close competitors next to him.
A summary of the issues that many people thought Hillary had were: commanding little trust, the positions she “adopted,” and the representation that she would be the first female president. Even with these issues present, there still were quite a few votes for Hillary, so many, in fact, that she actually won the popular vote.
Trump did not have it so easy either, and lots of controversy about him being the president started to rise from the very beginning of his campaign. The main issues the people had with Trump were: his new foreign policies, building a wall, and the belief that he doesn’t have much respect for the female population.
Despite these concerns, the majority of people had voted for either Trump and Hillary in the end. Still, what about the Helix High School student’s opinion?
About 56% of the students would have voted for Donald Trump, only 6% for Hillary Clinton, 6% would have selected Tim Kaine, 0% voted for Mike Pence, 0% voted for Gary Johnson, 0% voted for Bill Weld, 12% voted for Jill Stein and 0% voted for Ajamu Baraka.
Probably the most telling statistic is that 25% said they didn’t care about voting for anyone or they didn’t want to even answer the question.
As the survey shows, almost half of the students favored Donald Trump. These results were rather surprising, as many people find issues with the new President. Despite these issues, Helix students all seemed to agree that they wanted Donald Trump as their president.
Then, there were the candidates who got a low amount of student votes such as Hillary Clinton, Jill Stein, and Tim Kaine. It was rather surprising to see that Helix students favored Jill Stein and Tim Kaine, rather than Hillary Clinton. It was especially surprising to see that more female students wanted Donald Trump to be president more than Hillary Clinton. Helix Donald Trump supporters who are female were a surprising 31%, while only 25% of males supported him.
Now, about the percentage who didn’t care about the candidates or they didn’t like the question. Seeing as this percentage is gaining on Donald Trump, it is a little concerning. The results from those who answered like this were evenly distributed between females and males. This certainly merits some concerns for our future, considering that the classes will be graduating and deciding on their president.
If Helix students didn’t care about the candidates, then what about the adults who can vote? Do they feel the same way? Thankfully, most of the Helix students did choose to vote for a candidate, hopefully securing our future.
Despite all of the differences, thankfully 87% of Helix High School students agreed that whomever they voted for did not affect personal relationships between family and friends, while 12% said that it had. Because of all the debates and fighting in the last election, it was shocking that only 12% said that it had, because of the whole ordeal that the country witnessed. It was expected that more would say that their family/friends relationships had been affected, but delightfully they did not.
And, finally for the other polled results, 43% said that their family/friends agreed with them on their chosen candidate. Another 43% said that they didn’t know/didn’t care whether their family agreed with them on their candidate vote, and finally, 12% said that their friends/family did not agree with their vote.
So, maybe at the next election, really take a look at your candidates. It may affect your future more than you think.