College students on the presidency: Who’s voting for who?

Texas State University students weigh in on the 2016 Presidential candidates

By Jessy Garza

With presidential primaries being won left and right, the United States is waiting in anticipation to see who has the best chance of winning the presidency. Many of those waiting include those in college, whose agendas will be affected by whoever takes that win home.

On April 21, a campus-wide survey was conducted at Texas State University through face-to-face interviews, providing a population sample in order determine how many students were currently registered to vote, as well as who said students would be voting for.

Of the 61 students interviewed, 93.4 percent of them were familiar with the current candidates, but only 70.5 percent were registered to vote.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, speaks to students during a campaign stop at the Community College, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, in Nashua, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
(For educational use only) Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, speaks to students during a campaign stop at the Community College, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, in Nashua, N.H. Photo credit: AP Images/Jim Cole

Bernie Sanders, American politician currently running for the Democratic nomination, was a popular choice for many of the students, such as criminal justice major Arielle Garcia.

“He wants to raise minimum wage which would affect many college students that are currently working their way through college,” Garcia said.

Other students, such as industrial engineering major Kelan Taylor, said that they would vote for Sanders because he’s just “better than the others.”

“More minority students would probably be able to attend college (if Sanders wins,)” Taylor said. “There would probably be less drop-outs, too.”

Many students, however, were very indecisive about who they wanted to vote for. Journalism student Andrew Blanton called it “a no-win election.” Another student, Michael Hareer, said, “They are all bad choices in the race.”

So what’s causing this indecision among college students? Or is it even just college students that feel this way.

Lexie Uribe, PR major, shared that if she were to vote tomorrow, she would vote for Cruz because "he's portrayed the best in the media." Photo credit: Jessy Garza
Lexie Uribe, PR major, said that if she were to vote tomorrow, she would vote for Ted Cruz because “he’s portrayed the best in the media.” Photo credit: Jessy Garza

Lexie Uribe, a public relations junior, shared that she was fearful for whoever wins the presidency. According to her, many people around her feel the same way due to the uncertainty still surrounding each of the candidates.

“This year, more people are split (on who to vote for.) There’s no shoe-in for presidency,” Uribe said. “America doesn’t know what they want.”

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Jessy Garza is a writer and editor-in-chief for the Odyssey online magazine at Texas State University. She is a sophomore majoring in journalism with a minor in psychology. She can be contacted at jag391@txstate.edu.