CheyAnn Woolsey & Flor Perez
AP Government- 4B
December 28, 2013
Poll on Electoral College
The Electoral College is a process that consists of 538 electors that which elect candidates for the office of President and Vice President of the United States. These electors are chosen by popular vote on a state-by-state basis. When voters cast their ballots for a presidential candidate, those votes actually count towards a group of electors who pledge to vote for a specific candidate when the Electoral College meets. The presidential and vice-presidential candidates who win the popular vote in any given state receive all of the state's number of Electoral College votes. Before conducting the poll, we thought that the answers would be more biased towards the unfairness of Electoral College voting because it isn’t directly from the popular vote. The expectation was that boys would have their answers being more intolerant of the Electoral College process and the girls to have more of their answers being more lenient on the issue. The reason why this was expected is because males seem to have more knowledge and be more involved in politics than females. The way the poll was done was over the phone. All respondents were people that we knew, such as family and friends; but they were chosen at random. The reason why this particular group of people were chosen was because we confided that these people would give the a knowledgeable answer on the topic to the best of their ability. The poll conduction could have had some effect on the respondents because they didn’t have the body language to go off of that face-to-face interaction provides. The results of our poll showed that most people are unaware of the voting process at all; it was difficult to explain Electoral College voting without being one-sided. On the unbiased questions they seemed against the Electoral College, but on the push-pull the majority opinioned in favor of it. To some people the topic struck a chord...
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