USF is the only Florida university conducting a similar poll
TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 6, 2014) – With Election Day less than a month away, Florida’s young voters will be in the spotlight tomorrow as University of South Florida students participate in a straw poll on the Tampa campus.
USF Distinguished Professor of Political Science Susan MacManus, along with the USF chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the USF Honors College and USF Student Government will conduct the straw poll at several campus locations on Tuesday, Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Students who vote in the straw poll will fill out a ballot that reflects the choices voters will see on official ballots in November.
The goal is to analyze USF students’ political opinions about issues in the upcoming election in November, including preferences for governor and cabinet members. The straw poll will also cover three amendments, including legalizing medical marijuana.
Based on the students’ responses, MacManus will have a better understanding of Florida voters’ opinions. The ballot also reaches a younger demographic that is usually challenging to evaluate with standard polling techniques. Another purpose for the straw poll is to engage USF students in the political discussion and encourage them to vote in the actual election.
USF is the only Florida university that facilitates this event each election year. Pi Sigma Alpha, a national political science honor society, began the campus-wide straw polls more than 10 years ago and has recently started collaborating successfully with the Honors College and Student Government.
A total of five polling stations will be located at the Marshall Student Center, Library, College of Business, Cooper Hall and Juniper-Poplar residence hall.
Results from the straw poll will be released late Tuesday afternoon.
The University of South Florida is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. USF is a Top 50 research university among both public and private institutions nationwide in total research expenditures, according to the National Science Foundation. Serving nearly 48,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.5 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference.