Obama, Paul Win Straw Poll


Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Ron Paul are the presidential preference winners in a straw poll held at the University of South Florida Tampa campus. And jobs is the number one issue worrying the young voters.

Almost 1800 USF students voted in the poll sponsored by the National Political Science Honor Society, the Honors College and student government.

USF Political Science Professor Susan MacManus says the candidate results follow the trends of young voters nationally as do the issues driving their votes.

She says the war in Iraq was second behind the economy and jobs.

Among Democratic students Barack Obama received 54 percent of the vote, Hillary Clinton 33 percent, John Edwards 8 percent and Dennis Kucinich 4 percent.

Among Republican students Ron Paul won with 24 percent. John McCain was second with 22 percent and Mike Huckabee just a point behind with 21 percent.

Amendment 1 which changes how property taxes are calculated received 44 percent yes votes and 24 percent nos. However, 32 percent of the students said it was too confusing and chose not to vote.

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