San Angelo LIVE! Survey: ASU Students Voice Their Choice for President
SAN ANGELO, TX- Angelo State University students gathered to watch the last presidential debate of the 2016 General Election last Wednesday, October 19, and with early voting starting today, many of these students have expressed a strong desire to take part in this presidential election. After all, it has garnered a lot of attention.
Thus, LIVE! held a survey at the debate to see which presidential candidate ASU students align with going into early voting. Election Day is on Nov. 8. Of the 50 surveys handed out, 40 responded to the survey. Those students who picked their candidate also answered the following: 1) Explain why they are voting for the candidate; 2) How their candidate will improve the U.S.; and 3) Have the debates helped with their decision? The last question had the options "yes," "no," or "indifferent."
Here are the results:
|Donald Trump (Republican)||17|
|Hillary Clinton (Democrat)||9|
|Gary Johnson (Libertarian)||8|
|Other (Undecided, Not Voting)||6|
Feedback: Why Students Support Their Candidate
The most consistent response for why Trump should be president was him being more relatable to the voter. This stemmed from him not having been elected into a political party before. Students also said their conservative values are more fitting to Trumps platform. A majority of students voting for Trump said he will improve U.S. border security and the overall economy.
Those voting for Clinton believe she has more experience and qualifications to take on the role of president. A few also believed she will have a direct influence on issues, like equality for women and improving the middle class in the U.S.
Students voting for Johnson said he provides a middle ground alternative to both Hillary and Trump. One survey response noted his immigration plan is more detailed than Clinton’s, and is drastically different then the “extreme” of having a wall be put in place at the border of Mexico and the U.S.
Those who put “other” are undecided, not voting, or have picked a write-in candidate for their choice.
Feedback: The Role of the Debates in This Outcome
For those students voting for Trump, more than three-fourths said the debate did help make their decision. All students, except one of the Hillary voters, felt the debates helped with making their choice. Johnson supporters had the most mixed results with three choosing yes, three choosing no, and two feeling indifferent. Of the voters who picked “other,” the majority felt indifferent about making their choice through the debates.
Overview of The Final Debate
Brianna Ray, sophomore at ASU, mentioned the third presidential debate had Republican candidate Donald Trump coming out in the lead.
“I think for the other debates, Hillary [Clinton] won, but it’s hard to compare both candidates given how different they both are [on the debate stage].”
She went on to explain that Clinton has a more composed speech and keeps a proper form when responding to questions, while Trump tends to be more relaxed in his speech. It was noted by Ray that Trump was more composed during the third debate when compared to the first two.
“From watching this, it was more noticeable that Clinton was starting to be less formal this time, and would interrupt Trump more often,” Ray said. “I don’t want either candidate to interrupt each other during the debates.”
President of ASU’s Pi Sigma Alpha Chapter, Nathan Pierre, hosted all three debates on campus. He voiced his thoughts on why it’s important for students to get involved this election through watching the debates.
“I think it’s really important for [students] to be informed, and not only know what their options are, but learn the current state of the election as well,” Pierre explained. “I am really happy that we had such a great turnout, and to not only watch the debate, but also learn and discuss one another's opinions.”
Again, early voting starts today, so click here to learn more about what voters need going to the polls.