14 states held their Democratic primaries this recent Tuesday, March 3, 2020. These states, plus Democrats abroad, cast their votes to elect their choice of the 2020 Democratic nominee.
According to the U.S. Census, younger demographics are statistically the least likely to involve themselves in voting. Interested in the thoughts of peers, The Bulldog hit the University of Redlands campus in hopes of finding some opinions, and to see if anyone was enthusiastic about voting. I caught a few walking around and asked them about their thoughts, opinions, and voting preferences in the spirit of this special political day.
Quinn Ore ’23, was one of the first I saw who was willing to talk to me. She described herself as moderately politically active, and is excited to vote for the primaries in her home state, Idaho, for Bernie Sanders (D-VT). “I just want someone to beat Trump and that’s all I really care about,” Ore stated. She mentioned her candidate choice is “mostly because he’s environmentally conscious and that’s the main thing.” Ore said that she feels the general student population leans to the left and her political views don’t seem very off from others.
The next person I ran into T.J. Carson ’23. He mentioned he didn’t really know much about politics, but as he talked his opinion came out more affirmingly. Carson said he was going to vote for Bernie Sanders. “He seems a little bit more genuine than the other candidates” “I want to change the color of the white house right now [to blue].” Carson said the fact that Sanders takes as little as three dollar donations, and to him seems “less tied into the dysfunctionalities of politics,” Carson was enthusiastic about voting for the Vermont Senator, and feels that his views align with the larger population of students. Topics he cares about most in the election are climate change and student debt.
Christina Bane ’22 is a politically active sophomore who said she is voting for Sanders. “I don’t think his views are radical at all. I think we need healthcare for everybody.” She went on to say that she’s concerned with how much is going on and feels that Bernie Sanders is the person to help. “He just seems like the guy that’s gonna get stuff done as opposed to others who are brushing off issues or saying it in a politically nice way.”
Evan Powell ’22, described himself as not being very politically active, but “not ignorantly blind.” He will be voting in Oregon for Sanders. “I believe in a lot of his monetary policies and I’m mostly just anti-Trump.” When asked about the openness of politics on campus, “Some faculty don’t want to talk about it [politics] but most people seem pretty open. It’s pretty Democrat heavy.”
Nathan Lee ’24 was one of the last I talked to. He does not plan on voting in the Democratic primaries but plans on voting in November. He described himself as being not really politically active, but he pays attention to news. “I think it’s a big turning point that’s gonna occur in the country coming up and we’ll see which way it swings. I definitely hope that everything that comes from it benefits America to the fullest of its potential.” Lee, along with the others I talked to, believes the majority of the student population are Democratic.
As of recent news, Joe Biden won 10 of the 14 states, leaving the other 4 to Bernie. While young voter turnout did not reach the level Sanders had banked on, California was one of four states who chose the self-described democratic socialist, partly because of the student population at the University of Redlands.
Header photograph by Kyle Eaton. Student portraits by Julia Goetze.