Future Voters Express Their Own Views About This Year’s Election

By Aubrie Tolliver, BDJ 664.02

Published on November 8, 2016

SYRACUSE N.Y. (Democracy in Action)–Twitter fights, hostile debates and ambiguous speeches–this year’s presidential campaigns are arguably the most publicized in the history of the United States.  So, it is not surprising that even the younger Americans have been drawn into the excitement.

Six-year-old Mauriah Files from Syracuse knows who both the Democratic and Republican candidates are in this election–a striking feat for a first grader who won’t be able to vote for a presidential candidate until the 2028 election. But, if she were just 12 years older, she knows exactly who she would have voted for today.

“Hillary Clinton,” she said. “She actually does the right things. She cares about everyone. She talks to everyone nicely.”

Files isn’t the only youngster to predict that Clinton will take over the White House. According to Nickelodeon’s “You Pick the President” survey, 53 percent projected Clinton to win. Since 1988, the Nickelodeon poll has been right every time except once.

For most youngsters, the decision is not so much about policies but more about character. Files, for example, was very careful in choosing her words in explaining her decision to elect Clinton. She didn’t want to say anything that would upset Mr. Trump.

“I’m not going to say Donald Trump is bad, but he’s just a little too grumpy,” Files said.


A Syracuse resident makes his vote official. (c) 2016 Aubrie Tolliver