Majority of USF students vote Obama in campus straw poll

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Tampa, FL-- University of South Florida officials report 63 percent of students who voted in today's campus straw poll favored President Barack Obama over his Republican opponent, Governor Mitt Romney. 

These results reflect a slight drop of one percent from Obama's level of support in 2008.

Reports say 30 percent of students who voted selected Romney as their choice, "with lesser known candidates rounding out the field" in single digits.

"College students still align solidly with President Obama, a trend that tracks with national polls," said USF Political Science Professor Susan MacManus. The challenge for the President is getting them to turnout on election day."

According to the university, 1,645 ballots were cast in the straw poll, held at six locations around campus.

Below are the results of the straw poll, as provided by USF:

President:

  • Romney:  30%
  • Obama:  63%
  • Others: Gary Johnson, 3%; Jill Stein, 2%; all others, 2%

Senate:

  • Mack:  30%
  • Nelson:  60%
  • Others: 10%

Amendment 6:

  • Yes:  29%
  • No:  49%
  • Don't know enough about it yet:  22%

Amendment 8:

  • Yes:  56%
  • No:  22 %
  • Don't know enough about it yet:  22%

Amendment 12:

  • Yes:  35%
  • No:  16%
  • Don't know enough about it yet:  49%

Which of the following issues is most important to you in selecting who to vote for in 2012?

  • Economy/Jobs:  45%
  • Education:  31%
  • Health Care:  12%
  • Government Corruption:  7%
  • Foreign Policy:  5%

Party Registration:

  • Democrats: 40%
  • Republicans: 25%
  • Independents: 23%
  • Others: 12%

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