By Alex Zelger
With the presidential election approaching quickly, politics has been a hot topic lately, especially with this years’ seniors being able to vote in the election.
Being an American citizen comes with responsibilities that allow us to have our rights. Responsibilities include supporting and defending the constitution, staying informed in current issues, and participating in the democratic process.
Presidential elections are usually won by either the Democratic party or the Republican party. Both parties feel that the government should handle issues differently. After asking students about which party they support, 81% said Republican, and 19% said Democrat.
Finding out what party is right for you is important. Democrats are called liberals, and Republicans are called conservatives. However, every candidate has different views on their platforms and sometimes they do not agree with a majority of their party. Current issues that are commonly brought up in debates are taxes, gun control, and same sex marriage.
Democrats believe that taxes should be based on wealth and have the poor be taxed at lowers rates than the rich, they support gun control, and support same sex marriage. Republicans believe that everyone should be taxed the same (flat tax), are against gun control, and are against same sex marriage. Students were polled and only 36% understood differences between the two parties.
Early into the presidential campaign Donald Trump leads the Republican vote while Hillary Clinton leads the Democratic vote. Ben Carson is a close second to Trump, polling an average 3% behind. Bernie Sanders is behind Hillary Clinton for the Democratic vote. After asking students, Ben Carson is the majority candidate for our school with 45% of the vote, and Donald Trump came in second with 36%. Bernie Sanders polled third at 19%, and Hillary Clinton polled last with 0% of the vote.
The poll results are interesting, as everyone polled were in the 16-19 age group and the majority of students polled Republican. On a national scale, the 16-19 age group primarily poll Democrat.
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