Polls tighten as election approaches, UMD students bet on a Clinton win

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Hillary Clinton has a four-point lead over Donald Trump as of Sunday, the latest NBC News/ Wall Street Journal poll found.

Before FBI Director James Comey announced the latest review of emails related to Clinton’s use of a private server while she served as secretary of state, 60 percent of voters anticipated that Clinton would win the presidency. On Wednesday, that number was down to 55 percent.

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Yesterday, the FBI informed Congress that it has not changed its conclusions in the case involving her emails.

On top of all this, Clinton is doing better with those who have already cast their ballots, but Trump holds a lead among voters who plan to vote on Election Day, the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found.

Below are the responses of five university students when I asked them who they anticipate will secure the presidency on Nov. 8 and why:

“Hillary, because she’s the lesser of two evils for me. Like as a whole. Even though she has a bad reputation for disadvantaging black people, I feel like if Trump were president, World War III will be eminent. I can deal with a bad president over World War III.”   -Cherokee Boddy, junior communications major
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 “Hillary Clinton, because she has offered a clear plan on immigration, healthcare, education, etc. Whereas Trump keeps changing his views just to gain votes, and I think that’s been made obvious that he used fear to get where he is now. So hopefully Americans realize that there’s nothing to be afraid of. I’d say [the odds are] 60/40; it won’t be a tight race. I don’t trust the numbers…it’s all about how they want us to see it. It’s misleading.”    -Rick Tagne, senior African American studies major

“I think Hillary will win, but I can’t help but attribute that to where I am and the people I interact with. My answer would probably be very different off of this campus.”  -Sam Reilly, junior journalism major

“I think Hillary will win, even though she is criticized for being politically correct in her speeches and for what she has done in her previous roles. Regardless she has had 30 years of experience… Donald Trump is hateful towards pretty much all groups of people that don’t look like him and Americans aren’t going to stand for that.”  -Aayushi Shah, sophomore government and politics major

“I think that Maryland is a very liberal campus and it’s easy for people to decide that Hillary will win based on the convenience survey each of us is always subconsciously taking from the people around us. The truth is that most Trump supporters live in states that I would guess most of us haven’t traveled to. We haven’t spoken to those voters and we don’t have any real idea of how many people there are in this country. In the end, it’s votes that decided the election, not the polls and not the Facebook articles that your 2,000 friends post. So I would say that if you ask around UMD, people are pro-Hillary and would predict that Hillary will win, but the truth is that we just won’t know until Tuesday.”  -Pamela Kekst, sophomore psychology major

On Tuesday, the rest of America will see whether these students were right in their predictions.

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