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Students Weigh In on Midterm Elections

Yoselis Ramos
WUSF Public Media

The University of South Florida conducted a straw poll on its Tampa campus to measure students' political opinions ahead of the November 4th midterm election.

92 percent of the 1,096 votes came from students and if the midterm elections were held now, 49 percent of the votes would go towards gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist. 

A majority of students preferred George Sheldon for Attorney General. 

When it came to amendments, the majority were in favor of amendments 1 and 2, but weren't sure of amendment 3 or didn't know about it.

Sophomore and mass communications major, Marcela Vasquez was one of those students.

"I didn't know about the third one. The second one, for medical marijuana- I'm epileptic so I think medical marijuana is really good for people like me, I thankfully don't have it severe but some people really do need it."

Vasquez said she would support amendment 1.

Support for Medical marijuana received 70 percent of the votes. More than half of the students did not know about amendment 3 or had no opinion. 

2014 USF Straw Poll Results

  • Charlie Crist     49%
  • Rick Scott          29%
  • Other                    14%
  • Adrian Wyllie     8%

Attorney General:

  • George Sheldon    50%
  • Pam Bondi               37%
  • Bill Wohlsifer         13%

Chief Financial Officer:

  • William Rankin      55%
  • Jeff Atwater            45%

Commissioner of Agriculture:

  • Thaddeus Hamilton  44%
  • Adam Putnam              42%
  • Jeffery Obos                  13%

Amendment 1:

  • Yes                                65%
  • Don't Know                28%
  • No                                    6%

Amendment 2:

  • Yes                           70%
  • No                             19%
  • Don't Know           11%

Amendment 3:

  • Don't Know     51%
  • Yes                      25%
  • No                       24%

Which of the following issues is most important to you in selecting who to vote for in 2014?

  • Economy/jobs   40%
  • Education             31%
  • Health Care          15%
  • Environment         9%
  • Foreign Policy      5%

Where are you getting most of your campaign news from?

  • Television                                                     39%
  • Social media                                                31%
  • Newspapers (print, online or apps)   23%
  • Radio                                                               4%


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