This past week, the Herald conducted a short survey among students on the topic of the 2020 Presidential Election.
While election coverage can be confusing, this survey isolates the opinions of NCS high school students to paint a clearer picture.
The Herald’s polling is largely consistent with that of America as a whole, with senator Bernie Sanders and current president Donald Trump leading the democratic and republican races, respectively.
For the democratic presidential nominees, Mayor Mike Bloomberg is polling second in this survey but third nationally. Vice president Joe Biden is pilling fifth in this survey but second nationally. However, when one looks at the overall bid for president, Donald Trump has a strong lead, just like he does on a national level.
In addition to the presidential nominees, students were also asked their opinions on several pressing issues like the electoral college and the national voting age. Like most Americans, students mostly believe that the voting age should stay as it is at 18. Students also fall in line when it comes to the electoral college
We also asked students whether U.S. elections should be voted upon through the Electoral College, or instead directly through the popular vote. Our results demonstrated that we have students on either end of the poll; this one was perhaps most polarized.
Our student body also was divided between who should be the 2020 Presidential nominee; Bernie Sanders was the most popular Democrat, which corresponds with national data about young people. But there was a close tie between former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld, who was not allowed to be on the Virginia ballot, or President Trump as the Republican nominee, which might reflect the support for Trump among students.