Education and Voting Survey Final Results

Today, as we begin December, we present the final results of our November poll which asked you to respond to the question:

How did education figure in your voting in the mid-term elections?

The response options offered were:

• I didn’t vote

• Education was the top consideration for me, period.

• Education was an important consideration for me in local races, but not in national races.

• Education was an important consideration for me in national races, but not in local races.

• Education took a backseat to other issues, such as the economy and healthcare, in my voting decisions.

• Education issues never play an important part in my voting decisions.

• Other (please specify)

There were a total of 405 votes, so thank you very much for that! Six votes were discarded as being off-topic and/or obscene, leaving 399 votes.

While there were 25 votes of ‘Other,’ in many cases, the short description allowed these votes to be recast as votes for other provided categories. For example, 10 other votes were explanations for why the person taking the survey could not, did not, or was not able to vote, so—while the explanations were appreciated as providing addition insight, the percentages were recalculated with those 10 votes counting in the first category, ‘I didn’t vote.’

Based on the comments in ‘Other,’ two new answer categories were created:

• Education is one (important) consideration among others. (9 respondents)

• Education was important in both local and national races. (2 respondents)

Three responses were left categorized as other because they didn’t fit any other category, but of particular interest was the response that said that the person had been moved to take an active role in the midterm elections on account of education.

Here are the results showing the original totals as well as the recalculation of the votes in the ‘Other’ category. The most votes were received by “Education was the top consideration for me, period,” but it was closely followed by respondents who did not vote. Nevertheless, the percentage who took the survey and didn’t vote is far less than the national average, not only because the percentage is less absolutely, but because a number of those who responded are too young to vote, and therefore are not counted in official figures of voters, which take only registered voters into account.

Our December survey will be published in the next few days, so please keep an eye out and cast your vote.