The kids of America are “With Her.”
On Tuesday, the results of this year’s Scholastic News mock election were released, and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton won by a landslide.
Clinton earned 52 percent of the vote from K-12 students, while Republican presidential nominee received just 35 percent of the vote.
The remaining students wrote in other candidates, including Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson, Green Party nominee Jill Stein and Senator Bernie Sanders.
Gary Johnson received the third most votes.
About 153,000 K-12 students participated in the Scholastic Student Vote, voting online or by mail-in paper ballot.
Perhaps we should be all that surprised Trump isn’t all that popular with children, given his campaign has been tied to a rise in school bullying.
A report released by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in April showed there’s been an increase in bullying and anxiety in schools since Trump’s campaign began.
One teacher told the SPLC,
My students are terrified of Donald Trump.
They think that if he’s elected, all black people will get sent back to Africa.
So, it makes sense kids are more supportive of Clinton.
According to Scholastic News, the results of the student vote have consistently served as an accurate prediction of who will ultimately win the presidential election over the years.
Since 1940, kids have only been wrong twice. In 1948, kids picked Thomas E. Dewey over President Harry S. Truman and were wrong again when they picked Richard Nixon over John F. Kennedy in 1960.
This bodes pretty well for Clinton.
But it should be noted the Scholastic Student Vote is not scientifically representative of the US population and is really only designed to get young people excited about politics and increase civic engagement.
With that said, Clinton has a very strong lead in the actual polls at present.
— FiveThirtyEight (@FiveThirtyEight) October 18, 2016
According to the latest NBC News/SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking Poll, for example, Clinton has a six-point lead over Trump.
While it certainly wouldn’t hurt Clinton if American kids were allowed to vote, and she likely appreciates their support, it currently appears she’ll do just fine with adult voters in November.
But, then again, anything could happen.
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