School-wide election parallels national view with Clinton gaining more votes
November 21, 2016
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In addition to the national presidential election on Nov. 8, The Sailors’ Log conducted its own election, polling the student body at Shores.
And just like the national popular vote, Hillary Clinton was the winner. With a total of 523 voters, 239 of those were for Clinton with 185 for Donald Trump – the rest varied among the Third-Party candidates.
This is not surprising to social studies teacher Ken Rose, especially since Shores is located in Muskegon County, where Clinton also won the popular vote.
“If you look at a map of Michigan, eight or nine counties are blue [democratic], and Muskegon county is one,” Rose said. “There are a lot of county members with liberal viewpoints on domestic policy or human rights, and many students probably think like their parents, neighbors, and friends.”
One democratic voter was sophomore Myeesha Sones.
“I think Trump is a racist, and I don’t believe in anything he says,” Sones said. “I was upset after Trump won.”
Although some students said they saw Trump’s victory coming, they still are not pleased with the outcome.
“I voted for Hillary because I don’t believe in what Trump believes, and it is hard for a Third Party to win,” sophomore River Schott said. “I am not too surprised about Trump winning. It was going to be close either way. I just have to deal with it.”
Even those who voted for Trump are not 100 percent sold on his views.
“I voted for Trump in the school election,” sophomore Kaylee Holman said. “I’m in AP government right now, so I know where I stand with ideology. I don’t agree with Trump or Hillary, but with my morals, I don’t want a criminal as our president. Sure, Trump is arrogant and may be a horrible person, but he is a better fit for presidency.”
Others did not feel Clinton or Trump fit for presidency and chose a different path altogether.
“I voted for Gary Johnson simply because he isn’t Hillary or Trump,” senior Isabel Grace said. “I’m not a political person, so this way I didn’t have to be part of the arguments.”