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Student Survey on Politics

From the Record:

Based on the 134 responses from a survey sent by the Record to 500 random unixes, students at the College have also involved themselves in the midterm elections, including discussing races with friends and professors, following day-by-day developments and voting. The survey shows that a majority of students were self-motivated to vote, voted based on their overwhelming disapproval of President Donald Trump and largely supported Democratic candidates.

1) Kudos to the Record for organizing the survey and running this article. More, please. For example, how about a survey of faculty opinions?

2) Make the data public. There is no reason why the Record could not provide a link to the raw data. For example, the article notes that:

From a scale of “1” (highly unfavorable) to “5” (highly favorable), only three percent of students gave him rating of “5,” while 81 percent of students gave him a rating of “1.”

Interesting! But how many gave Trump a rating of 4? I want to know what percentage of students have a favorable rating of Trump, a count that includes both the 4s and the 5s. I realize that the Record can’t discuss every number from the survey in the article, but that is why it ought to provide the data to its readers.

3) Even more interesting than student opinions about US politics are student opinions about Williams policies. How about a Record survey asking about admissions, touching on a topics like the quota for international students, preferences for athletes and affirmative action?

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3 Comments To "Student Survey on Politics"

#1 Comment By frank uible On February 9, 2019 @ 3:35 am

Isn’t it depressing to consider that we as a society lionize our politicians?

#2 Comment By John Drew On February 9, 2019 @ 1:24 pm

It looks like a student from a corrupt, impoverished, Democrat-voting inner city might graduate without ever tapping into the life-giving, prosperity inducing, insights of a student who voted for Trump.

#3 Comment By 89’er On February 10, 2019 @ 10:56 pm

John – you left out orphan creating, pollution promoting and hush money hustling as part of Trumpism.

As for corruption, the Trump administration is re-writing worst practices. I am surprised that such a keen mind would overlook such obvious and well-documented malfeasance.

But perhaps you were being sarcastic. Sarcasm can be hard to convey in the written word.