Ben Carson Overtakes Donald Trump Among College Students; Hillary Still Expected to Win Presidency, Even as Sanders Emerges as College Students’ Favorite

Since June, Chegg has been asking for and tracking the opinions of students on the upcoming Presidential election (upcoming as in more than a year from now…didn’t we just do this?) The results reveal some interesting insights into this energetic, registered and motivated-to-vote segment of the electorate.

Forget what you think you know about college students, there are as many that self-identify as Socialist as do Libertarian.

Spectrum

While college students do lean more towards the Democrats than Republicans, large numbers intend to participate in the nominating process for both major parties.

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And just as much of the nation seems to be pining for an outsider/insurgency/somebody-else-please-type-of-candidate, college students are also looking outside the box for a candidate to support.

Outsider

Hillary Clinton remains the odds on favorite to be the next President, but her lead in this category among students has been shrinking.

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More alarming for team Hillary, she seems to have lost the support of students (at least for now, there’s still a long time before any votes are actually cast). In fact, she’s in a statistical dead heat with someone who isn’t even running (yet).

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Among Republican candidates, Trump’s summer surge has given way to Ben Carson’s surgical strike (sorry, horrible pun, won’t happen again, probably…)

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We also asked students who their second choice is for each party’s nomination…Joe Biden wasn’t just President Obama’s choice for #2, equal numbers of students have Joe Biden as their second choice as have Hillary as their alternate.

2ndChoiceRep   2ndChoiceDem

In the race to be the most “favorable” candidate, Sanders is the clear front runner among students, Joe Biden is also very well liked, Donald Trump is widely disdained among students, while a whole bunch of the Republican field has yet to make any impression upon students.

Favorability

There’s even more to the tracking studies which can be viewed Here.

Methodology: Through its proprietary panel of more than 17,000 high school, college and graduate students nationwide, Chegg surveyed 1,363 college students from 2 year & 4 year schools between June 19-27, 593 students from August 6-9, 397 students from August 23-26 and 333 students from September 7-11, 2015.Surveys were conducted online via 3-4 minute questionnaire. Polling data shown has a maximum margin of error of +/-5% (lower where indicated on individual slides).

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