Written by Jack L., McAuliffe Scholar Class of 2016
In lieu of the 2016 Presidential Race, I wanted to find out who McAuliffe supported for the next president of the United States. The process started out with a survey in early March. The survey was completely anonymous, with 32% of McAuliffe’s student body participating: 124 scholars, as well as six faculty members. Please note that following percentages are rounded.
The results were as follows:
The school voted Donald J. Trump as the Republican Nominee, with 6.7% of the popular vote. Runners up were Marco Rubio at 5.4%, Ben Carson at 2.3%, Ted Cruz at 1.5%. The school voted Bernie Sanders as the Democratic Nominee, with 43.1% of the vote. Runner up was Hillary Rodham Clinton at 31.5%. Other responses included Gary Johnson (Libertarian) at 0.8%, and 8.4% invalid votes.
Following this, a subsequent survey was sent out to “elect” a president for McAuliffe, with Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders going head-to-head. Questions in the survey included, “What is your political affiliation?”, “What do you look for in a president?”, and “Why did you choose who you voted for?” In total, the survey collected 174 responses, broken up to 89.7% of students and 10.3% faculty, which was up 33.85% from the “primary election.” Here are the findings from this data collection:
Scholars said that the Republican Nominee, Donald Trump, held his policies and was honest with his campaign. However, one respondent said that “Donald Trump tends to offend many people. Some of his ideas might be good, but his attitude could cause problems.” When talking about the Democratic Nominee, Bernie Sanders, it was common to see that “[Bernie Sanders] has a strong background politically and his history shows that he is a reliable candidate,” as well as his support for Civil Rights and being organized, but his similarities to the Socialist ideal was a deterrent.
The results are in!
Bernie Sanders, a Democrat and a current Independent Senator from Vermont, was McAuliffe’s pick for president with 58.6% of votes, who beat Donald Trump (R.) at 12.1% of the popular vote. Runners up included Clinton (D.) with 14.37% (not the Democratic nominee, therefore behind Donald Trump despite more votes), “Vermin Supreme,” (D.) at 1.15% (an actual person and qualified for presidency), Marco Rubio at 0.58%, and Gary Johnson at 0.58%, with 11.49% invalid votes.
Thank you to those who participated in this survey, and I hope that somebody else picks up McAuliffe’s Choice President for the next election.