Duquesne students expect Obama win
(From left to right) Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich debate on a CNN broadcast. After Santorum’s suspension of his presidential campaign Tuesday, Romney has become the clear Republican front-runner. AP Photo
In a poll of 51 Duquesne students this week, 60 percent said they think President Barack Obama will be reelected this November, due to a lack of consistency from the Republican candidates.
Of the students surveyed, 26 male and 25 female, 19 said they would vote for Obama; 10 said they were undecided; seven said they would vote for Mitt Romney; six said they would vote for whichever Republican candidate won the nomination; and one student said he/she would vote for Newt Gingrich and one said he/she would vote for Ron Paul.
Seven students said they would vote for Rick Santorum, before the former Pennsylvania senator suspended his candidacy Tuesday.
Although only 19 said they would vote for Obama, 31 students said they thought he would win reelection. Six students said they thought any Republican candidate would win over Obama. Four said they thought Romney would win, two said they thought Gingrich would win, and one student thought Ron Paul would win. Two said they could not predict who would win the election.
Duquesne students said the main reason they think Obama will be reelected is because there was no clear Republican frontrunner before Santorum decided to suspend his campaign Tuesday.
Patricia Dunham, a Duquesne political science professor, said it is possible that Santorum may end up as Romney's vice presidential running mate.
"A segment of the Republican party likes him a lot," Dunham said. "You never know."
Dunham also said Santorum's dropping out of the campaign will allow Romney to concentrate more on the presidential election than winning the party's nomination.
"It's just one less candidate dogging at Romney's heels," Dunham said.
Fifteen of the students polled said candidates' healthcare policies were a major concern for them in the election. Some said, given the conservatism of many of the republican candidates' health care policies, and the liberalness of Obama's health care reform, a candidates' position on health care would greatly effect who they would be voting for in November.
Marissa McAndrew, a fourth-year pharmacy student, expressed concerns about "mail-order pharmacy," something she believes Obama's health care reform bill incited that could affect her future career. Despite being a registered Democrat, McAndrew said she disagreed with Obama's health care policies.
Forty-seven percent of the students said they were tired of seeing the Republican candidates fight amongst themselves and did not care for any of the Republican candidates.
Noel Salgato, a sophomore journalism major, said he thought a Republican candidate would lose the election because of the party's "fragmentation" during the primaries.
"Obama will win because the Republicans are constantly bickering," Salgato said.
Thirty-one students chose Obama to win the election. Some said it was because of the Republicans' weaknesses, while others said Obama will be re-elected due to his successes during his first-term.
Chris Juba, a senior marketing student, said Obama would benefit from the faults Republican candidates exposed during their primaries.
"I don't think there is anyone in the Republican Party who could beat Obama," Juba said.
Peter Chekan, a freshman education major, said Obama would be reelected because of the "good things" that have happened to the United States during his time in office.
"The recession would have been a lot worse ... Four more years, he could do a lot more," Chekan said.
Dante Wallace, a junior international business student, said he thought Obama would be reelected because of his growing following as well the negative changes the country would undergo if a Republican took office.
"It would be a 180 if we didn't try to keep him in office," Wallace said.
Some students said they did not support any of the Republican candidates because they were too conservative, while others said the candidates were too liberal.
"I am not sure if there's a true conservative candidate," said Stephen Kenney, a junior political science major. "All of them have big-government tendencies."
Andrew Glaid, a freshman chemistry major, said he could not find a Republican candidate to support because he finds their beliefs too conservative.
"I'm sick of all three mainly because of their radicalness and because their ideas are not right for the country right now," Glaid said.
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