By Erica Lee
What would happen if La Cañada students were eligible to vote? In a poll distributed throughout the social science department, the majority of the 179 students surveyed voted for Democratic presidential and vice presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine.
Of the 41 seniors, 48 juniors, 60 sophomores, and 30 freshman, 68 students (38%) considered themselves Democrats. 120 students (67%) chose Hillary Clinton as president, and 117 (65%) preferred Tim Kaine for vice president. This contrasted with the results of the official school state election, which revealed that participants voted around 50% for Clinton and 30% for Trump overall and for each grade. The percentage of votes for either candidate slightly varied between grade level and gender.
Notably, male freshmen had the highest percentage of Republican votes for both the presidential and vice presidential candidates. 6 of 11 freshman males voted for the Republican candidates, and 6 students also expressed that they are not interested in politics.
The poll also showed that the males in each grade varied in their party identifications more than their female counterparts, with 25% supporting the Libertarian or Green Party. Only 9% of the overwhelmingly Democratic female population voted for the minority parties’ candidates.
Of those who participated in the survey, 45 students (25%) were not interested in politics or political parties, while 103 people (57%) expressed their desire to vote in the next election they were eligible for. Interestingly, an exception to the overwhelming “yes” trend was present among the tenth graders, whom, regardless of gender, were just about as ambivalent as they were eager to vote, answering “maybe.”
This is not to say that this survey and its interpretations are completely accurate. A sophomore, James Yim, expressed that ¨there should be a ‘none’ or ‘neither’ choice for the candidate of choice question because some people don't believe that the presidential and/or vice presidential candidates are fit for their specific duty.¨ However, the survey certainly shines some light on the civic participation of future voters.
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