Students choose Obama in mock election

Julia Aizuss

Upper school students voted by a large margin to reelect President Barack Obama in a nationwide mock election, according to the results of an online survey conducted by history teacher Dave Waterhouse and his AP Government students.

Of the 536 students who participated in the week-long survey, 68% voted for the Democratic ticket of Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, while 26% voted to elect Governor Mitt Romney and Congressman Paul Ryan, the Republican ticket, as president and vice president, respectively. Six percent of the vote went towards the candidates for the Green and Libertarian Parties, while the Constitution Party ticket garnered no votes.

These results will be counted towards the nationwide student mock election held by the Voting Opportunities for Teenagers in Every State organization. Each state is represented by a public and a private school, and VOTES will announce the overall result taken from all 100 schools Nov. 4.

The online survey also included seven questions part of the VOTES mock election that questioned students on major issues facing the United States. The results are as follows, with the majority decision listed first:

Would you support a Constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman?

  • No: 87%
  • Yes: 13%

Do you think it is the responsibility of the federal government to ensure health care coverage for all Americans?

  • Yes: 66%
  • No: 34%

The Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission allows corporations, unions and “Super PACS” to spend as much money as they want to support or oppose political candidates. Do you support or oppose this ruling?

  • Oppose: 68%
  • Support: 32%

What is the best way to reduce the federal budget deficit?

  • Combine tax increases with federal spending cuts: 39%
  • Raise taxes on Americans earning more than $250,000: 31%
  • Reduce taxes to spur economic growth while strategically cutting spending: 30%

The controversial Keystone pipeline would bring fossil fuels extracted from sand and shale resources in western Canada across the midsection of the US to refineries in Texas, creating numerous economic benefits while also potentially having serious environmental consequences. Do you agree or disagree that the construction of the Keystone pipeline should go forward?

  • Disagree: 62%
  • Agree: 39%

What is the best way for the United States to prevent the development of nuclear weapons in Iran and North Korea?

  • Economic sanctions: 33%
  • United Nations diplomacy: 30%
  • Positive incentives (for example, food for North Korea in exchange for a shutdown in nuclear weapons development): 26%
  • US-led military action: 11%