If the election were held today, an overwhelming majority of University of Illinois at Springfield students would vote for Barack Obama, according to a campus poll taken between September 25 – October 4, 2008. Pollsters found that most students are not swayed by the vice presidential candidate, and the economy and gas prices are the major influences on their vote. The poll was part of a class project for the Interviewing 465 class in the Communication Department at UIS.
A total of 384 students were interviewed on campus, giving the poll a 95% confidence level +/- 5%.
Of those polled, 289 were registered to vote. If they had to vote today, 257 said they would choose Obama, and 96 said they would vote for John McCain. Only 31 said they would choose a third party.
More than two-thirds of those polled said the vice presidential candidate did not affect their decision on who should be president. More than 60% of those polled said age is not an important factor in their choice for presidential candidates.
When reviewing election issues that have the most influence on their votes as students, 40% of respondents said the economy had the most influence on their vote, followed by gas prices, the war, healthcare, and finally homeland security.
Nearly 62% of those polled believe their vote matters. And three-fourths of those polled were registered to vote.
The poll was conducted on the UIS campus as part of a class project. The Interviewing class researched polls, election issues, and the candidates and then spent considerable time formulating the seven questions that were asked of students. The questions and the results are listed below.
1. Are you a UIS student?
Yes – 384
2. Are you registered to vote?
Yes – 289
No – 95
3. If the election were today and you had to choose between McCain, Obama, or a third party, who would you vote for?
McCain - 96
Obama - 257
Third party - 31
4. Did the presidential candidates' choice for vice president affect your decision on who should be president?
Yes - 117
No - 267
5. Do you believe age is an important factor for presidential candidates?
Yes - 141
No - 243
6. Which election issue from this list has the most influence on your vote?
a. economy - 152
b. gas prices - 95
c. the war - 73
d. healthcare - 47
e. homeland security - 17
7. Do you think your vote matters?
Yes - 237
No – 147
For more information about the poll, please contact Lana Kains at 414-5956 or Mary Bohlen at 206-7362.