The 2016 presidential election has shaken us as a community and also the entire world. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are viewed negatively by the American people. They are the most unfavorable presidential candidates in history, with 56 percent of the people viewing Hillary Clinton as unfavorable, and 63 percent viewing Donald Trump as unfavorable. The student voters from Nantucket High School also share similar opinions about the two major presidential candidates.
Many of the senior voters were not excited about this election. When asked if student voters are energized about this election, Kenya Chavez responded saying, “kind of, not much. I think this election has been like a crazy roller coaster with both Donald and Hillary Clinton.”
JT Gamberoni said, “No, I am not, but I think what this country needs is a backbone and if we vote someone like Hillary Clinton, we will have no security and so I think Trump is the way to go.”
The seniors were also very nervous for the future of this country. They thought that both of the major candidates do hot have the temperament to be the president and their controversies make them so vulnerable. Seniors also think that America is going in a wrong direction and that we must prepare for troubles that will come forth in the future. A majority of the seniors thought that president Obama was a great president and the presidential candidates are just not fit to succeed him. Jazzmine Butler said, “It’s going downhill for sure. We just had Obama, you know he was really lit as a president and now we are down to these two. It’s like choosing dumb or dumber.” However, the seniors had different opinions when asked which of the two candidates had a better character.
When seniors were asked about the candidate’s character, most of them viewed them negatively. Hillary Clinton was untrustworthy whereas Donald Trump was arrogant and rude. Kenya Chavez described Hillary Clinton as “more realistic than Donald Trump” and JT Gamberoni described her as “crooked.” Whereas, Jazzmin Butler described Donald Trump as “rude and disrespectful.”
After taking a poll among the student voters of NHS, 58 percent of the seniors supported Hillary Clinton, whereas 42 percent of the voters supported Donald Trump. Forty-four percent of the seniors were excited to vote for their first time whereas 56 percent were not. The polls were taken among 50 seniors during October 31st through November 3rd.