SOURCE: Scholastic Inc.
October 14, 2008 09:00 ET
Student Voters Pick Senator Barack Obama to Win 2008 Presidential Election
Scholastic Election Poll Has Mirrored Outcome of Every Presidential Election But Two Since 1940
NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - October 14, 2008) - The votes are in and student voters have
spoken: Democratic nominee Senator Barack Obama is the winner of the 2008
Scholastic Election Poll, with
57% of the vote over Republican contender Senator John McCain, who received
39% of the student vote. The poll, conducted every four years through Scholastic classroom
magazines like Scholastic News® and Junior Scholastic® and online
at Scholastic News Online (www.scholastic.com/news), is an educational
activity that gives children too young to go to the polls themselves the
opportunity to cast their vote for President. A quarter of a million
students from across the country participated in the Scholastic Election
Since 1940, the results of the student vote in the Scholastic Election Poll
(online voting was added in 2000) have mirrored the outcome of the general
election, except twice: in 1948 when students chose Thomas E. Dewey over
Harry S. Truman and in 1960 when more students voted for Richard M. Nixon
than John F. Kennedy. In 2000, student voters chose George W. Bush,
mirroring the Electoral College result but not the result of the popular
Boys favored Obama 49% to 46% for McCain, while girls chose Obama more
definitively, 57% to 39%. Rounding out this year's vote, 4% of students
voted for other candidates, the highest percentage of write-in votes in the
history of the poll. Student write-ins included Senator Hillary Clinton,
Congressman Ron Paul, Independent candidate Ralph Nader, and a handful of
votes for television personality Stephen Colbert.
Results from key swing states are as follows:
Colorado: McCain 61% Obama 36% Other 3%
Florida: McCain 41% Obama 55% Other 4%
Indiana: McCain 51% Obama 47% Other 2%
Iowa: McCain 48% Obama 49% Other 3%
Michigan: McCain 40% Obama 57% Other 3%
Missouri: McCain 49% Obama 47% Other 4%
Ohio: McCain 47% Obama 51% Other 2%
Pennsylvania: McCain 46% Obama 50% Other 4%
"Teachers rely on Scholastic Classroom Magazines and Scholastic News Online for the
latest news from the campaign trail and to help students learn about how
our nation elects its leaders," said Rebecca Bondor, Editor in Chief,
Scholastic Classroom Magazines, a division of Scholastic, the global
children's publishing and media company. "The Scholastic Election Poll is
a fun way for students to apply their knowledge of the candidates and the
electoral process and to get children excited about politics so they'll
grow up to be well-informed citizens who vote."
Students from across the country voted through mail-in paper ballots found
in many of Scholastic's Classroom Magazines, including Scholastic News®
and Junior Scholastic® beginning in September and online at Scholastic
News Online (www.scholastic.com/news) from August to October 10, 2008.
The Scholastic Election Poll is not based on a scientifically designed
sample of the student population. It is designed as an educational
activity to encourage student thought and debate, and to give students an
opportunity to express their opinions about the 2008 Presidential Election.
The respondents are self-selected, based on teachers who want their classes
to participate and students who want to participate individually.
Scholastic (NASDAQ: SCHL) is a leading publisher of educational magazines
with 32 publications for grades PreK-12, reaching over 25 million students
and teachers across the country. Teachers rely on these publications to
enhance instruction in such subjects as science, reading and language arts,
math, social studies, current events, history, geography, world languages,
and art. Scholastic News Online (www.scholastic.com/news), the magazines'
online companion gives teachers, students and parents an additional
resource with which to learn about and discuss current events in the
classroom and at home.
Please visit www.scholastic.com/news for more information about the
Election Poll and Scholastic News' election coverage.
***For pictures of students voting in the Scholastic Election Poll and the
ballot counting go to http://mediaroom.scholastic.com/electionpollpix***