By Emily Olafson
Forty-four percent of Daniel Boone Middle School students, when asked in a recent survey, said they would not vote in the upcoming election, given the choice of Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Gary Johnson, or Jill Stein.
Students in grades six, seven, and eight are not old enough to vote. Although they are not yet 18, they were asked how they would vote if they were old enough.
Of those who said they would cast a vote, nearly 38 percent said they would vote for Trump, while 14 percent said they would vote for Clinton. Third party candidates Johnson and Stein received three and one percent respectively.
“Either way, the country isn’t going to be in very good shape,” said sixth-grader Denice Jean.
The Boone Tribune recently surveyed 455 out of the 870 students at Daniel Boone Middle School. This was an unscientific poll conducted during eighth period, and only those students who were available took the poll. Students were asked “If you could vote in the upcoming presidential election, who would you vote for? Or wouldn’t you vote at all?”
The presidential election is Tuesday. In most national polls, Clinton leads Trump by anywhere from eight to two percentage points.
The vote didn’t turn out that way at DBMS, however. In eighth grade, 26 percent of students said they would not vote. Forty-eight percent said they would vote Trump, with 18 percent for Clinton. Johnson was second to last with fourth percent, and Stein came in with three percent. One-hundred forty-five eighth graders were polled.
“Trump for president,” said Chris Bell, an eighth grader.
In seventh grade, 52 percent of students said they would not vote. Thiry-one percent said they would vote Trump. Clinton got 11 percent of the vote, with Johnson polling at three percent. Stein again came in last with one percent of the votes. One-hundred seventy-five seventh-grade students were polled.
“Hillary is not racist (like Trump),” said seventh-grader Jellil Hashamy.
In sixth grade, 40 percent of students said they would not be voting. Forty-three percent said Trump, with 14 percent for Clinton. Johnson came in at one percent, with Stein at less than one percent. One-hundred thirty-five sixth graders were polled.
In addition to Olafson, Zoe Sweet, Ashley Unger, and Eliza Karpiak conducted the poll.