In a recent poll conducted by The PHOENIX, Democrat Bernie Sanders received the most votes from students who were asked which presidential candidate they favored in the upcoming election. The second highest number of votes went toward the undecided column.
The poll, conducted over a period of four days, surveyed a total of 100 Loyola students.
Students said they were drawn to Sanders’ policies, concern for the youth, stance on student loans and relatability.
Sanders’ message “speaks to the idealism of students, and [students] don’t have experience with things like taxes that cause people to moderate their views,” said political science professor Dr. John P. Frendreis.
Frendreis said Loyola students’ ideals, with their strong emphasis on social justice, would resonate with Sanders’ platform.
For those who remained undecided, the most common reason given for their position was disinterest in politics or that specific important issues were not being discussed by the candidates. Other reasons, though less popular, included being behind on candidate information.
Factors such as life experiences, values and the media have an influence on students’ political preferences, according to Frendreis.
In a poll conducted by the Washington Post and ABC News between Sept. 7 and Sept. 10, Hillary Clinton was the favored Democrat candidate, and Donald Trump was the favored Republican candidate. The poll surveyed a random sample of 1,003 adults.
In the poll of Loyola students, Sanders received the most votes for a Democratic candidate, with Clinton coming in second. Jeb Bush and John Kasich tied for the most votes for a Republican candidate, and Mark Rubio tied Rand Paul for the second highest number of votes for a Republican candidate.