In order to gauge the voting preferences of the student body, Student Government and ND Votes co-sponsored a mock presidential election today, Monday, November 2nd. Polls were open from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. All votes were gathered via Google Forms, and all student responses remain anonymous. By popular vote, Joseph R. Biden won the student body mock election.
In total, 3,499 out of about 8,700 eligible voters responded to the form, showing a 40.22 percent turnout among the undergraduate student population. 66.5 percent of respondents voted for Joseph R. Biden and his running mate Kamala D. Harris while 29.3 percent voted for Donald J. Trump and his running mate Michael R. Pence. The remaining portion of the electorate was split among ‘Other Candidates,’ drawing 3.1 percent of voters, and ‘Abstain,’ accruing 1.1 percent of the vote.
Biden won 98.2 percent of Democratic voters, 18.5 percent of Republican voters, and 71.8 percent of independent voters. Conversely, Trump garnered 76.8 percent of the Republican vote, 1.2 percent of the Democratic vote, and 20.7 percent of the independent vote.
In addition to polling for students’ preferred candidates, we surveyed for party affiliation and anticipated participation in the actual general election. 35.6 percent of respondents are registered with the Democratic Party and 25 percent are registered with the Republican Party. 20.7 percent of students stated that they are registered independents while 14.1 percent are not registered to any party. Members of the Constitution, Green, and Libertarian Parties made up a nominal portion of the electorate, less than 0.054 percent. 4.1 percent of voters prefer not to share their party affiliation.
Both Student Government and ND Votes are grateful to those who elected to complete our survey. We hope that these results will provide an interesting look at the composition of our student body. Currently, 90.5 percent of respondents have voted or plan on voting in the real 2020 election. 3.6 percent of voters do not plan on casting a ballot, and the remaining 5.9 percent prefer not to share if they will participate in the election. We encourage all students that are eligible and able to vote in the general election on Tuesday, November 3rd to do so.
Tuesday, November 3rd from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., ND Votes and Student Government will be distributing “I Voted” stickers. Be sure to pick one up at Duncan Student Center, South Dining Hall, North Dining Hall, or Debartolo Hall.