The economy. Health care reform. Iran’s nuclear program. Issues like these will determine the outcome of today’s midterm elections, when Americans across the country will vote for 37 Senators, 36 governors, and all 435 members of the House of Representatives. At stake are the Democrats’ control over both houses of Congress, and consequently, the direction of Barack Obama’s presidency for at least the next two years. With the increasing importance of science-related policy in America, and its relevance to MIT, The Tech wanted to know where MIT students stand on the important political issues of the day.
We surveyed graduate and undergraduate students on issues ranging from embryonic stem cell research to global warming. We asked them to tell us how they saw themselves politically, and what they thought would happen in the polls today. Out of the 11,118 students we contacted, 2,154 completed our web survey — nearly 20 percent of the entire student population at MIT. We looked at the political leanings of different groups across campus and compared MIT students to other young adults across the country, and Americans at large.
We’re proud to present to you the results and our analysis of our political survey this Election Day. As MIT students, we play an important role in the direction of this country — we think this survey can reveal to America what that direction may be.