I didn’t get a sticker, but I voted early this afternoon - the Scholastic student voting poll says the kids overwhelmingly voted blue. And in the Weekly Reader Student Presidential Election Poll the nation's students resoundingly say that Barack Obama will be the country's next leader. In the 14th Weekly Reader election survey, with more than 125,000 votes cast from kindergarten through 12th grade, the result was Obama 54.7% and John McCain 42.9% (with "other" candidates receiving 2.5% of the student vote). The Obama victory in the classroom electoral vote was even more resounding: The Democrat won 33 states and the District of Columbia, garnering 420 electoral votes, while McCain took 17 states and 118 electoral votes.
Strategists, take heed. The children's vote has predicted the correct winner 12 out of 13 times; (the only time the kids were wrong was 1992, when they chose George H.W. Bush over Bill Clinton.)Let’s see if they are right again this year!