If the US election were being decided by voters under the age of 18, we know who would win. While CNN is currently reporting a tight race for the two leading candidates, an online vote for students in the US whose teachers had enrolled in the Newsela online site found that 57% would vote for Hillary Clinton as the next president of the United States. Only 32% of the students voted for a Donald Trump presidency.
With the student vote, Clinton had a few surprising wins in traditionally Republican states, including Texas, Georgia and even South Carolina.
The study found that while younger students voted for Clinton, high school students represented the biggest makeup of Trump supporters.
The results were also broken down by race and geographical location for those students voting in the US.
The voting took place between October 17 and November 1, with voting done by 384,000 students across 50 of the US states. The cities with the biggest voting turnout were Chicago, Portland and San Jose.
The study also found that over 1 million students in the US read an election-related article this year, with this article on the first Clinton – Trump debate being the most read article by students.
Students from across the US built mock voting stations in their schools to cast their votes.
The study was also open to international students, with the results of 16,000 student voters heavily favouring a Clinton presidency.
Let’s hope that when the final results are in this Tuesday, America remembers that children are the future.