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Layk Nollen October 30, 2020

Recently some students and faculty/staff responded to a survey that was anonymous and focused on the 2020 presidential election. Like any election, the results varied and this one proved to be just as interesting.

 A total of 76 people participated in the survey. Half said that they were faculty, and the other half said that they were students. Out of this, more than 94% of the respondents said they were registered to vote, while just under 6% said that they were not registered to vote. 

Of the participants who said that they have voted previously to this election, 68% have, and about 32% said that they have not. An even 50% said they had voted in the 2020 election, while 50% said they had not.

Who do they think will win the presidential election? Roughly 46% said Biden, an even 50% said Trump, and just under 4% said another candidate.

As far as being educated enough about the candidates and issues to vote in this election, 91% said they were educated enough about the candidates, while 9% said they were not.

One of the last questions asked, “If you are not voting this year, why not?” Several people responded with, “I’m not old enough” or “I’m still a minor.” Another respondent said, “I don’t believe I am voting this year because I am very uneducated with both parties.”

The final thoughts about the election from the respondents were varied, with some saying, “It’s a mess but I’m hopeful” and “I’m a bit concerned about the outcome.”

Others shared a deeper view on the matter. “…This country needs to look to leaders who are younger, have a good understanding of the needs of all people, can work with all political ideologies, and is capable of acting in a manner fitting the President of the United States.”

And some shared concern, saying, “There is so much at stake with this presidential race. However, we must not forget the importance of state elections as well. Acting locally will directly affect what the president will be able to accomplish in 2021.”

One person replied ”I can’t wait until it is over! Way too many ads!” That’s probably one that would get 100% on any survey.