A Southeastern survey sent out on March 20 collected data from students on campus and shows that their opinions of President Trump have degraded since his inauguration on Jan. 20.
The survey was answered by 73 participants and contained questions about each student’s political preference, their grade classification, and their opinion of Trump before the inauguration versus 63 days into his presidency.
Of the 73 participants in the survey, 22 were freshman, 21 were sophomores, 16 juniors, 8 seniors, and 6 graduate students.
The political party affiliation of the participants ranked as follows: 36.6 percent identify as Republican, 35.2 percent Democrat, 25.4 percent Independent, 1.4 percent Libertarian, and 1.4 percent do not identify with any of those previously listed.
When asked her opinion, education major Brittney Nickens theorized that the results of the opinion poll about President Trump before and after the inauguration would show a decrease in popularity.
Nickens said, “I think that there has been entirely too much scandal tied to his presidency thus far. I’m not saying that I personally believe any of it, but it is enough to have individuals in our society questioning their decisions.”
The survey supported Nickens’ theory and showed that on a scale of 1 to 10, with one being least qualified and 10 being most qualified, the number of student who ranked Trump a 1 increased from 37 percent, or 27 participants, to 43.8 percent, 32 participants.
The number of individuals who gave President Trump a 10 only increased one participant. Three ranked Trump at a 10 before, and now just four people view him as extremely qualified.
Perhaps the greatest tale of students’ change of heart was their response to the question of President Trump’s Twitter account, as well as the FBI investigation on Russian ties to his 2016 campaign.
50.7 percent of the students surveyed believe that he should not tweet at all and 60.3 percent believe that there is probable cause for an FBI investigation.
Junior OSHE major Jake Frelich said, “I think that it is vital for all citizens, especially college students to be educated on political issues in our nation. We are the future of this nation, so we need to start learning how to lead as such.”