Politics Blog: SMU Inconsistent with National Polls

October 9, 2008 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Donnie Wyar

Many national polls indicate that if the election was held today, Sen. Barack Obama would be our 44th president.

In fact, it’s hard to find another poll in the country that shows Sen. John McCain and the Republicans enjoying as much support as the most recent unscientific poll conducted at SMU.

After the first and second presidential debates, polls taken at debate watch parties at SMU show McCain as a clear favorite. After Tuesday’s town hall debate, in which McCain failed to vastly improve his ratings among national voters, McCain received 73 percent of the votes in a mock presidential election on campus Wednesday — the highest percentage of any campus poll taken this fall.

SMU student voters also felt Gov. Sarah Palin won her only vice-presidential debate against Sen. Joe Biden last week.

The only poll at SMU that favored Obama was an informal survey taken by journalism-school students. Thirty of 68 students polled were either likely to vote for or leaning toward Obama, while McCain won 28 votes.

Obama and McCain have 25 days until the election to improve their standing among national voters, especially those in key battleground states.

Don’t look for a Nov. 4 nail-biter at SMU, though, where it appears McCain has already clinched the presidency.

Politics Blog: No Reason Not to Vote

September 30, 2008 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Donnie Wyar

If you want a chance to weigh in on what many are calling the most important election in our lifetime, the deadline to register for the Nov. 4 election is Monday, Oct. 6.

Sponsored by Students for a Better Society and Democracy Matters, voter registration cards will be available for students throughout this week at the Mane Desk on the main floor of Hughes-Trigg Student Center. If you haven’t registered yet, stop by anytime Monday through Wednesday from 7 a.m. to midnight or Thursday and Friday from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. No postage required.

Early voting is Oct. 20 – 31. You must vote in your precinct on election day, but during early voting you can vote at any location. If you forget your voter registration card, you can use a valid identification to vote.

For first-time voters with questions on how to get started or what to do once you’re registered, check out this site for more information.