Monday, October 15, 2012

It's Obama in a landslide at USF

Posted by on Mon, Oct 15, 2012 at 5:17 PM

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There's been a lot of talk that young people — one of Barack Obama's core constituencies — won't be voting in the same numbers or with the same intensity as in 2008.

Monday, on the USF Tampa campus, results from a campus straw poll showed that Obama's support at Tampa's biggest university dropped from 64 percent to 63 percent.

Of the 1,645 ballots cast to students, Mitt Romney received 30 percent of the vote; Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson (who supports legalizing weed) garnered 3 percent of the vote; Green Party candidate Jill Stein 2 percent; and all others 2 percent.

"College students still align solidly with President Obama, a trend that tracks with national polls," said Susan MacManus, a political science professor at USF. The challenge for the president is getting them to turn out on election day."

The event was sponsored by the Pi Sigma Alpha, USF's Honors College and Student Government.

In other races voted on by students, Democrat Bill Nelson dusted GOP Senate candidate Connie Mack IV, 60-30 percent.

On Amendment 6 — the measure that would restrict public dollars from funding abortions or health insurance that covers abortions except in areas covered by federal law — 49 percent of students voted no, with just 29 percent voting yes.

Amendment 8 is known as the "Religious Freedom" revision to the State Constitution. Critics say it's misnamed, and that it's all about allowing state government to give public funds to any private religious organization. USF students supported it by a 56-22 percent margin, with an additional 22 percent saying they didn't know enough about it.

Amendment 12 is a somewhat bizarre initiative that would change the state constitution "to replace the president of the Florida Student Association with the chair of the council of state university student body presidents as the student member of the Board of Governors … and to require that the Board of Governors organize such council …"

The amendment sounded good to some USF students, who supported it on a 35-16 percent margin.

But nearly as many students — 49 percent — said they had no clue what it was about.

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