Earlier this month, My College Options® presented findings with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation that polled more than 65,000 high school students, including first-time voters.
For the third consecutive presidential election cycle, the results of the study have accurately represented the national election results for the winning presidential candidate. This year, the study found that the majority of high school students (ages 14 to 18) would vote for Republican candidate Donald Trump over Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton by a 12-point margin. In 2012 students reported they would vote for Barack Obama over Republican challenger Mitt Romney (52 percent vs. 36 percent, respectively), and in 2008 students said they would vote for Obama over John McCain (58 percent vs. 39 percent, respectively). In each case, the students identified with the actual winning candidate in the presidential election.
My College Options Student Presidential Poll contains valuable insights from students and explores their perceptions regarding the presidential candidates, issues most important to them, the direction of the country, presidential performance, their level of political engagement and what media sources they use to learn about political issues. Read the full press release on the MyCollegeOptions.org.