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 Kerry Leads Bush in SRU Straw Poll 

 

SPOTLIGHT

4/19/2004

Contact: K.E. Schwab  -- 724-738-2199;  e-mail: karl.schwab@sru.edu

KERRY LEADS BUSH BY 12 PERCENT IN SLIPPERY ROCK UNIVERSITY STRAW POLL

             SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Students at Slippery Rock University favor Democratic presidential contender Sen. John Kerry by more than 12 points over incumbent President George Bush according to results from a three-day campuswide presidential straw poll conducted.

          The SRU results gave 46.6 percent of the vote (198 votes) to Kerry; 33.9 percent (144) to Bush. The results mirror a March 13-23 scientific poll conducted by Harvard University’s Institute of Politics in which Kerry bested Bush 48 percent to 38 percent – for a 10 percent differential. The SRU straw poll was held April 13-15.

          Ralph Nader, running as an independent gathered 32 votes at SRU (7.5 percent), slightly higher than the 5 percent approval in the Harvard poll. The Green Party, which has not yet named a nominee, scored only 4 votes (1 percent) at SRU.

          The Pennsylvania primary election is April 27.

           In the three-day SRU voting, conducted as a joint venture by the SRU Young Democrats, the SRU College Republicans and a supporter of third-party candidates, 425 SRU students cast their ballots. The vote tallies show 242 Democratic students cast votes (56.9 percent), while 144 Republicans participated (33.9 percent). SRU has a student enrollment of 7,789, with 5.4 percent student turnout for the straw poll.

          Other Democratic hopefuls scored as follows: Howard Dean, 18 votes (4.2 percent); John Edwards, 15 votes (3.5 percent); Dennis Kucinich, 11 votes (2.3 percent) and Lyndon H. Larouche, 0 votes.

          Dr. Itzi Meztli, assistant professor of English and adviser to the Young Democrats, and Sharon Sykora, assistant professor of government and public affairs, helped the students organize the voting, noting that while unscientific, it would provide a measure of campus support for the forerunners in the November election.

          The Committee for the Study of the American Electorate, a nonpartisan group that studies voting patterns, reports 29 percent of those ages 18 to 24 voted in the 2000 election. Overall voter turnout was near 50 percent in 2000.

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