Friday, October 31, 2008

even more polling data

Come Tuesday millions of US citizens will trek to the polls, waiting hours in line to elect our country's next president. Hopefully you have already figured out that this election is kind of important. Part of that was a poll of RWU students and how they will be voting in Tuesday's election.Keeping that in mind we at the Hawk's Herald thought it was important to see how students here at RWU would be voting.

Included in the latest issue of the Herald is series of election oriented content. Here is some of the content we didn't quite have room for in the paper.

The poll, which surveyed 391 students, looked at among other things including student's party affiliation which revealed some interesting results.

40.6% of students said they are registered independents which trumped registration for all other major parties. National polls suggest that the election will swing on the Independent vote.

With these votes potentially carrying so much weight we took a closer look at RWU's registered Independents to see who they will be voting for next week.

It turns out that Independent voters favor Obama by an overwhelming majority. If McCain loses Independents by anywhere near the margin of our poll then he won't stand a chance in the general election

On a lighter note: my entire life I have been trying to figure how women think to little or no avail. This time I took to the polls in order to break down the presidential vote and party affiliation by gender. What made this interesting was not a series of glaring differences, but the surprising similarity between the sexes. Perhaps we have more in common than realized.

Unfortunately we forgot to mention in our polling piece in the paper that out of 391 students only one was voting for Colbert. Perhaps his influence is waning. To his credit however, he ran even with Bill Clinton-- who also received a vote-- and garnered a fourth of the vote that Ralph Nader collected. We were midly depressed that people took the polling so seriously. What is happening to our country?? Honestly, nobody votes for Micky Mouse anymore.

Keep checking the blog for breaking election coverage. On election day we will be blogging live from some interesting election locations, so tune in.

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