Poll: College Students Prefer Socialist Bernie Sanders over Other Candidates

DES MOINES, IOWA - AUGUST 11: A supporter with an image of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) painted on her chest arrives at the Iowa State Fair August 11, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa. Twenty-two of the 23 politicians seeking the Democratic Party presidential nomination will be visiting …
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A new poll reveals that college students prefer socialist candidates like Bernie Sanders over more moderate alternatives.

According to a poll by Chegg and College Pulse, socialist candidates are polling the highest with college students. Senator Bernie Sanders came out on top in the most recent poll, receiving 29 percent of the total vote. Senator Elizabeth Warren received 22 percent of the vote.

The poll, which only tracked Democratic primary contenders, involved 1,500 college students. Former Vice President Joe Biden received just 10 percent of the vote. Mayor Pete Buttigieg received nine percent of the vote.

College Pulse CEO Terren Klein told The Hill that presidential candidates should consider the interests of college students. “If you’re trying to connect with college students, you should really be focusing on what issues are important to them,” he said.

Breitbart News reported in November 2017 on a study published by the Washington Post that detailed recent trends in student opinion. The study, which was conducted by Bucknell University Political Science Professor Chris Ellis, revealed that a majority of left-leaning college students said that colleges should censor speech that made them or others feel “unsafe.”

“Americans support free expression as an abstract principle. But they also believe that even protected speech can have real costs. Perhaps the public is ambivalent or confused about the issue,” Ellis said at the time. “But they are also responding to the complex question of campus free speech, where schools must balance two competing goals: promoting free and open exchange, and creating an environment safe for learning and development.”


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