During my polls and interviews, I evaluated a college-aged male and a large group of college-aged females. I could have easily polled adults, but that was something I really didn’t want to get into. So I figured there was one group of individuals who will be affected by the next four years of Trump’s presidency, that we don’t really discuss that much. They are the group that weren’t quite old enough to vote during the election but by the time President Trump was inaugurated, or within a few months of his inauguration, will be considered adults in the United States. They are high school students.
I took a survey of my two little sisters and nine of their friends from their co-ed cheer team in California. All of the participants who filled out this poll are currently seniors in high school and all 18 years of age.
None of them voted in this years election but according to the first question in the poll if they could have 55% of them would have voted for Donald Trump.
I was relatively surprised by this results considering these students live in a suburb outside of San Francisco, which is known to be a very liberal area. Also because California is currently pushing the #Calexit campaign to secede from the Union after this year’s election.
About 10% fewer, 45% of the students, said they felt positively thus far about Trump’s presidency.
But then again the numbers increased back to that constant 55% I saw in this survey, when these students said they felt their opinions were based on what their parents believed.
Although only 11 students were surveyed through this poll, there were some reassuring factors. For example, displayed in the screenshot below, only 27% of these students said they never discussed politics with their friends.
However, on the more concerning side of this, 64% of students reported using some form of social media to discuss politics with one another as opposed to in class or in person discussions. And a question consistent with my other polls, interviews, and blog, of course, 46% of the high school students reported that they trust the Trump family in office, while 36% were unsure.
So although high schoolers may be influenced by what they see on social media and the family members around them, all in all I think it’s beneficial to our society that we are raising a generation that is involved and concerned with the presidency, even if they had no say in the matter.