The former vice president will handle Covid-19, social justice, foreign relations and environment better, say students
University students in the United States appear to prefer Democratic nominee Joe Biden overwhelmingly over Donald Trump in the election to be held on Tuesday.
In a virtual event, entitled “2020 US Presidential Election Reporting Seminar”, all but one or two of twelve students from the University South Florida voiced their support for the former vice president and held the incumbent president responsible for all the problems accumulating over the last four years.
The East-West Center, a US think tank, is organizing the 14-day seminar from October 25 to November 7. Twelve journalists, including this correspondent, are participating in the event from across the globe.
The East-West Center did not select the students. They volunteered to take part in the event.
The students, many of whom are first voters, have been of the opinion that issues related to Covid-19, social justice, including Black Lives Matter, the economy, foreign affairs and the environment are the key issues for them and that Biden will handle these issues better than Trump.
Disclosing their voting intentions, they said that a lot of things were at stake in the election and that the re-election of Trump would be bad for the country.
“We cannot afford another four years of Trump,” said one student.
Placing emphasis on uniting the country, the students lamented that the US was way too divided along party lines.
They also expressed their opposition to the existing electoral college system and two-party system.
During the last four years, the reputation of the US had been damaged badly, said one of the students.
The opinions of 12 students from a single university certainly do not reflect the overall views of all university students. However, they do convey an idea about students’ intentions regarding the two candidates.
According to surveys carried out by different US organizations, more university students will vote this time round and among them the majority will vote for Biden.
It is often said that one of the main reasons behind Hillary Clinton’s defeat against Trump in 2016 was the apathy of young people towards voting. As a result, the Democratic Party today is working to make sure that young people vote this time round.