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USF Holds General Election Straw Poll

Many polls have gauged Floridians' opinions on the upcoming general election, but there's only one poll that gives insight into the youth vote. 

Political groups on the University of South Florida Tampa campus spearheaded by political science professor Susan MacManus sponsored a straw poll.

MacManus says one of the purposes of this straw poll is "to project the idea that the USF campus is not disinterested in politics in any stretch of the word."

She says,  "This is a campus that's always been very interested in politics."

There were six locations across campus with a booth and volunteers ready to assist participants. Volunteers were also there to explain the amendments for anyone who needed it.

Political science junior Stacy Dolan is volunteering at the straw poll. Dolan says volunteers are schooled on the amendments before the polls.

"We want to facilitate information to the students and I think one way to do that very well is to do a straw poll," she says. "It gives them an opportunity to see what is on the ballot," Dolan says.

This is USF Tampa's seventh year of holding a straw poll during presidential and gubernatorial election years.

And here's the results:

Sixty-three percent of the University of South Florida students voting in Monday’s campus straw poll favored  President Barack Obama’s reelection bid, just a slight 1 percentage drop from the level of support in 2008.

Republican Mitt Romney was the choice of 30 percent of the USF students, with lesser known candidates rounding out the field with single digit percentages.

"College students still align solidly with President Obama, a trend that tracks with national polls,” said MacManus. "The challenge for the President is getting them to turnout on election day.”