By Ashlee Galloway
On Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, America will be preparing to elect a new President for the first time in eight years, following President Barack Obama’s two consecutive terms. Of the 25 candidates currently running for president, the top runners are as follows: Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders.“Bernie Sanders is the only one that seems like he has a level head on his shoulders,” senior Duncan Keller said, “I mean, you have Hillary Clinton, she changes her viewpoints just to gain followers. She’s trying to appeal to a lot of the teens now…”
12 students were asked to take an informal poll in which they were asked who they would vote for if given the chance. Overwhelmingly, the majority of students voted for Donald Trump over the other competitors.
Whether it is his honest opinions, Hollywood status, or simply the fact that “he’s a businessman,” Trump is seemingly the most popular candidate amongst the Red Lion students. Though some students may not necessarily like Trump, they cannot help but to agree with his stand on several political issues.
Junior Riley Perkowski weighed in on his stance on the Trump controversy, “I think Trump wouldn’t… he would not end the world. I think that he is not actually going to be in charge if he is in charge. I think he is going to be a figurehead…”
Another student, junior Joe Churilla, said that he believes Trump is “obviously” the wrong choice for president, “I would totally say that Donald Trump must not be elected president.”
Hillary Clinton, wife of former president Bill Clinton, seems to be very unpopular amongst the student body. “I’m not a fan of Hillary Clinton,” junior Emily Zeidman said.
“I didn’t like her husband,” junior Domenick Eyler said. The majority of students polled said they disliked Clinton because they did not feel that her husband did an adequate job in the White House during his presidency.
Junior Amanda Clarkson feels that Clinton is the best candidate because she “didn’t agree with most of the things the other people stand for.”
Long term Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is currently a top runner in the election, standing high in the ranks alongside Trump and Clinton. Regarding Sanders, “I just think he’s a good candidate. I have a good feeling about this one, ” Churilla said.
Jeb Bush, brother of former president George W. Bush, seems to be a reasonable candidate in the campaign, whom most students do not have a very strong opinion about. “I don’t know, the first Bush didn’t have such of a positive impact,” Perkowski said.
Whether or not a student has a strong opinion about any of the current candidates, they are still encouraged to get out and vote in November 2016, as this election will have a big impact on their lives and the future of the country.