Saturday, November 3, 2012

Elections at Casady Upper Division

Republican Party: 74 votes.  Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan

Democratic Party: 45 votes. Barack Obama and Joe Biden

Libertarian Party: 15 votes. Gary Johnson and Jim Gray

Constitution Party: 10 votes. Virgil Goode and Jim Clymer

Green Party: 7 votes. Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala

151 students voted with V.O.T.E.S (Voting Opportunities for Teenagers in Every State) ballots.  Highest number of votes went to the Republican and Democratic parties.   Students selected the Republican Party candidates for President and Vice-President of the United States of America.

The Isses Poll Results were as follows:

1. The Supreme Court ruling in Citizens v. Federal Elections Commision allows corporations, unions, and "Super PACs" to spend as much money as they want to support or oppose political candidates.  Do you support or oppose this ruling?
53 Support   98 Oppose

2. The controversal Keystone pipeline would bring fossil fuels extracted from sand and shale resources in western Canada across the mid-section of the US to refineries in Texas, creating numerous economic benefits while also potentially having serious environmental consequences.  Do you agree or disagree that the construction of the Keystone pipeline should go forward?
89 Agree   50 Disagree

3. What is the best way for the United States to prevent the development of nuclear weapons in Iran and North Korea?  Choose only one
26    Economic sanctions                            
46    UN diplomacy                            
32    US led military action                
37    Positive incentives (for example, food for North Korea in exchange for a shut down in nuclear weapons development)

4. In your opinion, what is the best way to reduce the federal budget deficit? Choose only one
32   Raise taxes on Americans earning more than $ 250,000 per year.
56   Reduce taxes to spur economic growth while strategically cutting federal spending.
51   Combine tax increases with federal spending cuts.

5. Would you support a Federal Marriage Amendment to the Constitution defining marriage as between one man and one woman?
45     Yes
106    No  

6. Do you think it is the responsability of the federal govrnment to make sure all Americans have health care coverage, or is that not the responsability of the federal government?
67    Yes, it is the federal government's responsibility
74     No, it is not the federal government's responsibility


National Results:  VOTES 2012 Final Results, Summary Sheet, November 4, 2012

Electoral Votes:  Barack Obama 316, Mitt Romney 208
*note that due to Storm Sandy the New Jersey schools sent in no votes so those 14 electoral votes were not distributed.

Popular Votes and Percentages: Voter Turnout: 67%
Barack Obama (Democratic) 27,107 (50.2%)
Mitt Romney (Republican) 22,252 (41.2%)
Gary Johnson (Libertarian) 2,206 (4.1%)
Jill Stein (Green) 1,314 (2.4%)
Virgil Goode (Constitution) 508 (.9)
Others/Write-Ins/Undecideds 650 (1.2%)
Total Votes Cast: 54,037

States Won By: Barack Obama (28)
Alaska Maryland Rhode Island California Massachusetts South Carolina Connecticut Michigan Vermont
DC Minnesota Virginia Delaware Nevada Washington Georgia New Hampshire Wisconsin Hawaii New Mexico Illinois New York Iowa Ohio Louisiana Oregon Maine Pennsylvania

States Won By: Mitt Romney (22)
Alabama Montana Arizona Nebraska Arkansas North Carolina Colorado North Dakota Florida Oklahoma
Idaho South Dakota Indiana Tennessee Kansas Texas Kentucky Utah Mississippi West Virginia Missouri Wyoming

Interesting note:
 A total of 5 schools from NJ, NY and PA were unable to hold a mock election due to Storm Sandy


V.O.T.E.S. 2012 Issues Poll  (based on about 23,500 student responses from 62 schools)
1. The Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission allows corporations, unions
and “Super PACs” to spend as much money as they want to support or oppose political candidates. Do you
support or oppose this ruling?
Support  34%
Oppose  66%

2. The controversial Keystone pipeline would bring fossil fuels extracted from sand and shale resources in
western Canada across the mid-section of the US to refineries in Texas, creating numerous economic
benefits while also potentially having serious environmental consequences. Do you agree or disagree that
the construction of the Keystone pipeline should go forward?
Agree  49%
Disagree  51%

3. What is the best way for the United States to prevent the development of nuclear weapons in Iran and
North Korea? (choose only one)
Economic sanctions  19%
UN diplomacy  26%
US led military action  20%
Positive incentives (for example, food for North Korea in exchange for a shut down in nuclear  
weapons development)  35%

4. In your opinion, what is the best way to reduce the federal budget deficit? (choose only one)
Raise taxes on Americans earning more than $250,000 per year.  26%
Reduce taxes to spur economic growth while strategically cutting federal spending.  47%
Combine tax increases with federal spending cuts.  27%

5. Would you support a Federal Marriage Amendment to the Constitution defining marriage as between
one man and one woman?
Yes  39%
No  61%

6. Do you think it is the responsibility of the federal government to make sure all Americans have health
care coverage, or is that not the responsibility of the federal government?
Yes, it is the federal government’s responsibility  57%
No, it is not the federal government’s responsibility  43%