Pulsefeedz poll suggests many college students unhappy with 2016 election

Recent campaign strategies of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump seem to be unpopular among young adults.

48 percent of college students believe Hillary Clinton is being bought by big names, big banks and big companies, according to a recent Pulsefeedz poll of 100 college students at UMD and other campuses.

As noted in a Sept.3 New York Times article, Clinton has spent a considerable amount of time the last month with the “ultrarich.” She has been attending numerous private fundraisers where her campaign raises about $150,000 an hour.

In addition to all of the other money from celebrities, Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz announced last Thursday that he and his wife are donating $20 million to Clinton’s campaign.

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The Moskovitzes clarified the reason behind their donation in a blog post on Medium.

“If Donald Trump wins, the country will fall backward, and become more isolated from the global community,” Moskovitz explained.

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Celebrities Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel hosted a private fundraiser for Clinton on Aug. 23, 2016. Photo Courtesy of Timberlake’s Twitter

When asked how they felt about Clinton’s focus on fundraising with the ultrarich, almost 57 percent of students polled think that this strategy is not the best game plan.

Freshman biology major Olivia Ebey explained why she thinks people are inclined to feel this way.

“I personally think it’s unethical and kind of like bribery for her to be taking the money from these people. These tactics show how our candidates have become so obsessed with winning that everything is about money and everyone is out to get each other. I don’t think this is healthy campaigning.”

On the other side of the race, Trump has made several efforts recently to appeal to minority groups and reach out to the global community.

Most recently, Trump visited Mexican President Peña Nieto on Aug. 31 to discuss his proposed wall along the United States-Mexico border and was a guest at an African-American church in Detroit on Sept. 3.

“It’s absurd to expect any minorities or allies to be swayed by recent attempts to connect, because everything Trump stands for is inherently anti- people of color,” sophomore women’s studies and government and politics major Rachel Greenberg said.

“He preaches to supporters, spewing hate, bragging about all of the Mexican families he wants to kick out of the country, and then he goes to Mexico to connect?”

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59 percent of students polled think Donald Trump’s visit to Mexico was a fake, disingenuous stunt.

“He doesn’t have my trust or the trust of college students in general because he’s made no effort to address what we care about,” Greenberg said. “Throughout his campaign he hasn’t addressed any ways to combat student debt, racial injustice, dangerous reproductive health policy.”

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All in all, 74 percent of students in our poll reported that they are not happy with this election season.