Clinton favored by students nationwide, survey suggests

A voter drops his ballot into the ballot box at the Riley County Republican Party Presidential Caucus March 5, 2016, at Manhattan High School. (File Photo by Parker Robb | The Collegian)

If university students had their way, Hillary Clinton would win the election, according to a nationwide survey conducted by students at the University of Oklahoma.

The survey, which closed on Oct. 16, asked students from more than 100 universities and colleges across the country about their preferences in the 2016 election for OUCovers16, a political journalism research project on millennial voters.

Since the data is a convenience sample — and as such is not a probability sample collected in a random fashion — the results of the survey are representative of the people who answered, but might not be reflective of the entire generation.

The Collegian filtered the raw data of the survey down to the 1,015 respondents who completed the entire survey and are current students, registered to vote and between ages 18 and 24.

The survey asked, “Which of the following best describes your vote choice?”

The options given, along with the results, were:

  • I don’t want Donald Trump (81, or 8 percent)
  • I don’t want Donald Trump, but I am voting for him (100, or 9.9 percent)
  • I want Donald Trump (54, or 5.3 percent)
  • I don’t want Hillary Clinton (36, or 3.5 percent)
  • I don’t want Hillary Clinton, but I am voting for her (247, or 24.3 percent)
  • I want Hillary Clinton (280, or 27.6 percent)
  • I don’t want either of them (181, or 17.8 percent)

Another 36, or 3.5 percent, said they do not plan to vote.

Seven of the respondents attend Kansas State, and there was exactly one vote for each one of the seven categories of answers. Ten University of Kansas students completed the survey, where six responded “I don’t want Hillary Clinton, but I am voting for her.”

Advanced voting

The number of advanced ballots cast in Riley County this year is up by one-third over the 2012 presidential election.

The Manhattan Mercury reported Monday that Rich Vargo, county clerk, told county commissioners more than 8,400 voted early compared to 6,300 four years ago. Before advanced voting closed Monday, booths were open in the K-State Student Union.

According to a tweet Monday morning from the Kansas Secretary of State office, there were 468,032 advanced votes cast statewide, compared to 333,795 in 2012.

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Jason Tidd graduated from Kansas State University's Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communication in May 2017. He was the spring 2017 editor-in-chief, fall 2016 news editor and spring 2016 assistant news editor. While at K-State, Jason played baritone in the Pride of Wildcat Land marching band.