Student Poll 2016

This poll was conducted in 2016.

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This poll was conducted in 2016 and the first piece of information students were interested in is:

Do you agree that the 2nd Amendment (the right to bear arms) allows you to carry a firearm on campus?

With all the crazies shooting up soft targets (like schools) these days, both parents and students voted in favor of campus carry, ensuring students will have the right to defend themselves against unjust aggressors. However, many left leaning faculty members and students were outraged that people want to be able to defend themselves while earning their education. We wanted to know how the students of Collin College felt about this right.

2nd Amendment

  • Yes
  • Yes, but not open carry
  • No
  • Don't Know

The next question asked was:

Do you believe you will have the same employment opportunities as your parents after college?

Please note that more than half of the students polled (55%) say they will have the same if not better employment opportunities as their parents after college. This will present a bit of a conundrum later on in the polls.

Employment Opportunities

  • Better Employment
  • Same Employment
  • Worse Employment
  • Don't Know

We then asked:

Do you believe free speech rights are defined by…
(Pick any that apply)

The correct answer, the U.S. Constitution, barely won by 51%. That means nearly half of Collin College students don’t know where their inalienable rights come from or which document protects these rights. Most parents move to Collin County because of the school system. Based on these answers, it makes one wonder what kind of education did your children really receive? The answer choices were the U.S. Constitution, Organizational Rules (Corporations, Colleges, etc.), Cultural Acceptance, Individual Opinions, All Of The Above, and I Don’t Know. Our chart reflects the most answers given.

Free Speech

  • U.S. Constitution
  • All Of The Above
  • Cultural Acceptance

Our next student question was:

What should happen to the minimum wage?

We wanted to know how students, who most likely have never run a business, would vote knowing only one side of this issue. The response is not surprising.

Minimum Wage

  • Increase Minimum Wage
  • Decrease Minimum Wage
  • Stay The Same
  • Abolish Minimum Wage
  • I Don't Know

We then wanted to know why students were attending college:

For what reason are you attending college?
(Pick any that apply.)

We were curious to gauge how many students wanted to attend college of their own accord versus students who were being driven by outside influences.

Why Attend College?

  • Parents Want Me To
  • Earn A Degree
  • Get A Good Job
  • Industry | Employer Requirement
  • Other
  • I Don't Know

With 2016 being a presidential election year, we wanted to know which candidate the students were interested in:

Which candidate do you support for President?

Again, based on previous answers, it’s not surprising to see that most Collin College students are feeling the Bern.

My President

  • Clinton
  • Cruz
  • Kasich
  • Sanders
  • Trump
  • Other
  • Not Voting
  • I Don't Know

Finally, we wanted to know what the students felt was the biggest issue facing our nation. This is where the conundrum comes in.

What do you think are the most important issues your age group faces now or in the future?

As you can see below, most students think our economy and job opportunities are the biggest issues their age group is facing. This is the same group of students who also believe their job opportunities will be the same, if not better, than their parents. It’s hard to understand how they will have better job opportunities if they also feel the economy and jobs are the top issues of the day. Maybe these students plan to solve the economy issues with socialism. Unfortunately for America, these students have probably never been taught that socialist governments tend to crash and Bern.

Thank you to all the students and AAP volunteers for helping us make this poll. We look forward to working with you again next year!

Top Issues

  • Economy / Jobs
  • Tuition Costs
  • Wages
  • Health Care
  • National Security
  • Immigration Reform
  • Drub Abuse
  • Abortion
  • Welfare Abuse
  • Infrastructure

Student Poll 2015

This poll was conducted in 2015

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This poll was conducted in 2015 and the first bit of information students were interested in is:

Net Neutrality was approved by the FCC.  Who do YOU think should control the internet?

Makes us wonder which other organization these students had in mind.

Net Neutrality

  • The FCC
  • The European Union
  • An international body like the UN
  • Non government organizations in the U.S.
  • Other

The next question asked was:

How are you funding college?

The majority of the students polled are funding their own college tuition with the smallest percent receiving government student loans.

College Funding

  • Myself
  • Parents
  • Student Loans
  • Scholarships

We then asked:

Do you think the government should have unlimited access to your smart phone camera, microphone, and text messages in order to catch terrorists?

We were a little surprised to see that the majority of the students polled believe that the government should have no access to your personal effects at all. Limited access with a search warrant would be the choice most in line with the U.S. constitution.

Secure In Your Effects

  • Yes, Complete Access
  • Yes, Limited Access With A Search Warrant
  • No Access At All
  • Undecided

Our next student question asked was:

How should the U.S. respond to the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists?

The majority of students polled were unsure of how to deal with the Islamic State, while a close second said that the U.S. should respond with both economic and military sanctions.

ISIS

  • Economic Sanctions
  • Military Sanctions
  • Both Economic & Military Sanctions
  • The U.S. Should Not Respond
  • Don't Know

The students then wanted to know what criteria their peers used when casting votes:

When I vote, I vote based on:

This question is interesting because it comes with an important follow up question. Please note that 49% of the students polled said they vote based on their own research.

I Vote By

  • Peer Influence
  • My Own Research
  • What My Parents Say
  • My Religious / Non Religious Affiliation
  • I'm Not Registered To Vote
  • Other

Here is the follow up question:

Which websites do you get your news?

In the previous question, 49% of students polled said they vote based on their own research. However, most of the websites given to this question are either based on terrorist influenced organizations, communist influenced governments, or biased left leaning websites. We then wondered which political party would these students identify with.

News Source

  • ABC
  • Al-Jazeera
  • AOL
  • BBC
  • CNN
  • Dallas Morning News
  • Facebook
  • Flip Board
  • Fox News
  • Google
  • Guardian
  • Huffington Post
  • Info Wars
  • New York Times
  • NBC
  • Reddit
  • Russian Times
  • Skynews
  • The Blaze
  • Tumbler
  • Twitter
  • Voice of America
  • Wall Street Journal
  • WFAA
  • Wiki
  • Yahoo
  • Young Turks
  • YouTube

Lets find out which political party the students most identify with by asking:

Which party do you most identify with?

Are you really surprised by this answer?

Political Party

  • Democrat
  • Republican
  • Other

Lastly, the students wanted to know if their peers plan on voting in the 2106 presidential elections:

Do you plan to vote in the 2016 presidential election?

I Will Vote

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don't Know

Patriots will have their work cut out for them if they ever plan on getting back to the original intent of the U.S. government that was created by our founding fathers.

Thank you to all the students and AAP volunteers for helping us make this poll. We look forward to working with you again next year!

Student Poll 2013

This poll was conducted in 2013

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This poll was conducted in 2013 and the first bit of information students were interested in is:

Where do you get most of your news?

Being in the digital age, we had a feeling that most would receive their news online as opposed to more traditional news sources like TV, newspapers, or radio.

News Source

  • Internet
  • Main Stream Media
  • Family / Friends
  • Don't Know

The next question asked was:

Should you have the right to do what you want with your life, without interference, unless you cause actual harm to others?

The majority of the students polled believe they should have a right to pursue happiness in America while 18% were either unsure or said no. Wouldn’t it be interesting to find out why?

Pursuit of Happiness

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don't Know

We then asked:

Should you have the right to keep what you earn, to use as you see fit?

The majority of the students said yes, but 9% were unsure and 9% said no. It makes us wonder if the “no” crowd believe in some form of serfdom.

Keep What You Earn

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don't Know

Our next student question was:

Do you believe that any person or government agency can be trusted with unlimited power over you and your family?

Again, the majority of the students have no interest in being ruled by dictators or communist governments.

Trust Government With Unlimited Power

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don't Know

The students then moved on to the topic of Obamacare:

Do you support Obamacare?

This question is interesting because it comes with an important follow up question. Please note that 26% of the students polled support Obamacare.

Support Obamacare

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don't Know

Here is the follow up question:

Should you pay more in student loan interest rates to fund Obamacare?

In the previous question, 26% of students polled are in support of Obamacare. However, only 5% of those Obamacare supporters are actually willing to pay for it.

Fund Obamacare

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don't Know

The students wanted to end the poll by finding out how optimistic their peers are in a brighter future:

Do you believe you will have the same opportunities as your parents?

This was sort of like asking if the glass is half empty or half full. Optimism won the day this year. But only by a small percent.

Thank you to all the students and AAP volunteers for helping us make this poll. We look forward to working with you again next year!

A Better Future

  • Better
  • Worse
  • About the Same
  • Don't Know