Today, I ended I survey that I performed on YWS users so as to ascertain roughly where YWS users fell on the political compass regarding American politics. My initial hypothesis was that an overwhelming majority would support Joe Biden, that most would support Joe Biden and leftist policies, and that none would approve of Pres. Trump's term.
To some degree, I was wrong.
There were 11 questions with an additional space for notes, observations, and queries. If and when I perform future polls, I will most certainly be taking another look at these notes. All data will be listed or combined in questions barring "Where do you receive your news?" as there were additional sources not considered. There were a total of 31 respondents, far more than I had dared to hope for. Thank you to all of the survey participants.
Questions: Which age group do you fall under? Which of the following best describes you? Please describe your gender and sexuality.
A general question meant to enforce other pieces of data regarding politics, 14 respondents (45.2%) were aged 17 years or younger. Only 3, or 9.7%, did not clarify their ages. The remaining 14 identified as being 18 years or older, most falling into the 18-24 and 25-30 categories.
All respondents identified as being white, Latino, Native American, or Asian. 93.5% identified as being at least part white.
There were 9 males, 18 females, and 4 gender-queer/non-binary respondents, each with their own sexualities and descriptions thereof.
Question: Which Political Party do you identify with the most?
Unlike my expectations, only a plurality (not a majority) of respondents identified as Democrats. However, a strong left wing coalition did arise-- Democrats 35.5%, Socialist 3.2%, Peace and Freedom 12.9%, Green 3.2%, and Progressive 9.7%. In all, the left wing coalition's totals numbered 64.5%.
On the other end of the political spectrum, 6.5% were Republicans, 6.5% Constitutionals, and 3.2% that identified as "right leaning." For a grand total of 16.2%, the right wing minority would be defeated if this survey represented all of America rather than just YWS members, including non-Americans.
16.1% of respondents identified as Independents. 3.2% were non-Americans.
Question: Who would you like to see become president in 2020?
Unsurprisingly, a majority preferred Biden to Trump (58%). 19.4% were in favor of a second Trump term, while 16.2 would have chosen another candidate. These candidates wee Sen. Bernie Sanders, someone's dog, Libertarian Jo Jorgensen, Jesus, and New Zealand evangelist Ray Comfort. One respondent was undecided while the other proclaimed hatred for America. (To that respondent, we've all hated America at one point or another.) Based upon my calculations, this means one member of the leftist coalition supports Trump's presidency.
One commentor proclaimed that "Trump is a bully, [and] I think that Biden is a moron," instead emphasizing their clear preferences of both Sen. Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence.
Question: Which three issues are most important to you in 2020?
Unsurprisingly, the COVID-19 Pandemic was the hottest topic (71% all placed it in their top 3!), followed by civil rights (38.7%), and climate change (35.5%). Additional responses that did not fall under the broader listed issues were "General Freedom," "Police Brutality," and a longer response detailing multiple important issues.
"Many of the important issues fell under the same umbrella. Healthcare, abortion, and the pandemic should all be the same option," one survey taker said. While others may or may not agree with this statement, there were multiple reasons that these were not combined-- the most important one being that the majority of Americans do not see each issue the same way or prioritize them differently.
Another said, "lol trying to pick *3* issues when I am worried about every single goddamn one of them this year."
Question: Do you approve of President Trump's Term so far?
A super-majority of 77.4% disapproved of Trump's term in office. 2 respondents (6.5%) did not have a preference, and 16.1% (5 respondents) looked upon Trump's term favorably. In the next survey, this question will be more specific as it is currently unlikely (less than 15% chance) that Trump will win re-election according to the 538 2020 Forecast.
Question: Who do you will win in 2020?
Surprisingly, this question showed that many YWS users are/were superstitious. 19.2% refused to name a winner because they were afraid of jinxing it.
54.8% believed Biden would ultimately be the winner compared to 25.8% that favored Trump's re-election chances.
Question: Who should replace RBG?
Unsurprisingly, 71% (22 people) believed the winner of the election should replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court compared to 19% that believed Trump should go ahead and fill the seat. Said one respondent, "On the second to last (the Supreme Court one) I put the sitting President should choose, not because I think he would make a good decision (because he won't), but just because that's how I think it should be done."
Question: If Trump wins, would you support a second secession?
This, I admit, was a wild card that none of the respondents likely expected. An optional question, 2 people opted out of answering it. Of the 29 that did answer, only 44.8% stood against secession. However, only 34.5% were on the fence, all ten people answering "Maybe." The remaining 20.7% (6 respondents) answered with a firm and simple "Yes."
Secession would be unlikely, but secessionist movements are starting to grow and gain traction nationwide, particularly in Texas and California.
I had a lot of fun doing this survey, and I'm so happy that so many people were willing to take the time to do it! Despite erring on my hypotheses regarding how I believed the polling would go, I am still satisfied with all of these answers. Thank you to all of those that participated, and I hope that I'll be able to pull you in for my planned post-Election survey.