Students choose Obama in Scholastic mock election
Nearly 250,000 students participated in this year's Scholastic Student Vote.
October 17th, 2012
04:15 AM ET

Students choose Obama in Scholastic mock election

By Donna Krache, CNN

(CNN) The votes are in – among kids – and Barack Obama has "won" a second term as president.

Every four years, Scholastic Classroom Magazines conducts its presidential mock election for students.  The Scholastic Student Vote launched its first contest in the presidential election of 1940.  The students have been wrong only twice:  In 1948, they picked Thomas E. Dewey over Harry S Truman, and in 1960, they “elected” Richard M. Nixon over John F. Kennedy.

The results of this year’s election: Barack Obama – 51%, Mitt Romney – 45%.  “Other” candidates (who gathered 4%) included write-ins like John McCain, Paul Ryan, Ron Paul and Hillary Clinton.

And, of course, write-ins included some votes for “my mom” and “my dad.”

Students around the U.S. voted using paper ballots in Scholastic Magazine as well as online. The vote is not a scientific poll, but it is intended to be a classroom exercise in civics.

“The students have made their voices heard once again, and it proved to be a tight race,” said Elliott Rebhun, editor and publisher, Scholastic’s Social Studies Classroom Magazines. “The Scholastic Student Vote shows us that students are engaged and excited about the election, and has provided classroom teachers with a tool to bring current events to life and teach students about our country’s democratic process.”

Nearly 250,000 students nationwide from elementary grades through high school participated in this year’s mock election, which began on August 15 and ended on October 10.

You can see the results of Scholastic Student Vote 2012 here.

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  1. Ericaa

    Romney only wants to help the rich and others like him. everytime something "bad" happens we americans tend to always blame the president. im pretty sure people voted obama for a reason... whenever i see romney i get a bad vibe in my honest opinon he doesnt seem sincere at all. everyone is bashing obama for the way things are when I'm pretty sure we as americans also play a role in our community and nation. and I think that certain issues that politisions like to bring up isnt even "issues" that we need to deal with like gay rights and abortion. were as a country our in debt.and yet we have all these million/billionaires who we have contributed to(how else do you think they make their money??) and if some of that was put towards our debt maybe we wouldnt be in the position we're in. WE as well are to blame for the way things are

    October 26, 2012 at 3:20 am |
  2. Mackenzie

    Have these children been told all the facts before they chose or are they voting according to what their parents have told them?

    October 21, 2012 at 10:09 pm |
  3. Kirk

    Mitt is better at math than his tax plan shows, im surebit will balance out once he puts in the numbers he's not showing. his idealogy and has not proven to create jobs, just lie to you, and tell you what you want to hear. his past record should show that. he lies about everything, the only time he changes is to replace that lie with an updated one, what will he stand for next week?

    October 18, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
    • Bob Webster

      Kirk, you must be one of the union teachers that are filling these kids minds with how great our president is. 51 to 46 gives me great hope for a Mitt landslide. Those of us who work in private industry appreciate those who have done well. Mitt paid over $2M in taxes last year and gave over 20% to charity. Mitt gets the job done – he always has – the president has not!

      October 19, 2012 at 10:10 pm |
  4. Kirk

    Hundred million $ IRA, for a man in his sixties already, hundred million trust fund, untaxed, but im sure thats just a coincidence right. he worked hard for that money, so did the people he scewed for it, including pension plans, he obviously neede it more than they did, he is the reason your gov. passed law to prohibit that from continuing, great guy that mitt, cant wait til hes in charge, whats the worst that could happen. wattch who gets tax breaks and who doesnt, dont be mad, just thank god for a man like mitt, hes going to create jobs and lower taxes, and increase defense spending, and cut the defecit, well what are we waiting for? just cant wait for it!!!

    October 18, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  5. Kirk

    Lets all trust our tax code to the ONLY presidential candidate in decades who wont show his. mitt takes a beating for not showing, so logic says it would be worse for him if he did, say bye to your morgage interest write off, we must make room for the job creators additional tax breaks, you see how much they are hurting, have a heart. the more impotant tax breaks like jetfuel subsidies are what really make this economy sing,, does this sound stupid to you too?

    October 18, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  6. Kirk

    You repubs blow my mind, absolute fillibuster for 4 years, then talk about nothing getting done, where i work if you refuse to do anything, you would not make it that long. things getting better despite your best efforts. jpenny, what % Of defecit is bush war and tax breaks responsible for. if he can do this much without you, imagine if you actuall tried to help. do you really think blocking EVERY ATTEMPT at moving forward a good thing for the people, or your partys chances next election because of poor economic conditions, congrads, your a genius

    October 18, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  7. Tim

    There is a reason why the "kids vote" is accurate. Kids generally believe whatever their parents tell them to believe. A poll of the kids is essentially a poll of the adults. The two times they were wrong since 1940 (as mentioned in the article) were also two very close elections where serious pundits also got it wrong.

    October 18, 2012 at 11:20 am |
  8. ArchieDeBunker

    Talk about a 'Duh Ralph' moment! OF COURSE the students voted for Obama – 95% of their teachers have been tainted by their own educations in the Liberal Propaganda factories that serve as colleges and universities these days. Add to that that the NEA – the biggest and most Liberally poisoned union in the world (which is saying something, because ALL union are Liberal Socialist organizations) continually presses for unrealistic socialist programs and goals – why would anyone be surprised that kids have been tainted also?

    Winston Churchill said it best: 'If a man isn't a Liberal by the age of 20, he has no heart. If he isn't a Conservative by the age of 40, he has no brain."

    October 18, 2012 at 11:01 am |
    • vikesfanfrom74

      OK Archie, How do you explain the years that the students voted for a Republican that won?

      October 18, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
    • Jake

      Churchill never said that quote.
      Someone scolding liberal educators and their "lies" misquotes someone... hilarious.

      October 18, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
  9. Mitt

    They're kids! Kids are supposed to do dumb things. What's adult dems excuse?

    October 18, 2012 at 10:24 am |
  10. Mitt

    Remember "Mmmmm Mmmmm Mmmm Burrack Husein Obaama" being taught to school kids? Kids would vote for Ronald McDonald if they could! Thats why ADULTS only have the right to vote.

    October 18, 2012 at 10:22 am |
  11. Conrad Shull

    Quoting Winston Churchill, "Show me a young Conservative and I'll show you someone with no heart. Show me an old Liberal and I'll show you someone with no brains."

    October 18, 2012 at 8:29 am |
    • Jake

      And for the second time in this comment section...
      Chruchill never said that quote. It was originated by Francois Guisot, and later used in a similar way by Georges Clemenceau.

      Republicans spewing misquotations? I'm shocked.

      October 18, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
  12. Tim

    Here's my surprised face. :-0

    October 18, 2012 at 7:45 am |
  13. Anne Currey

    Of course kids will vote for Obama. It's college tradition that idealistic teenagers lean toward the Democrat.
    PS. Candy the beached whale should be fired for injecting herself in the presidential debate and YOU should be taking her place

    October 18, 2012 at 7:41 am |
    • jay wright

      Name calling??? And that makes you a better person how?

      October 18, 2012 at 9:55 am |
  14. Maria

    The American people need to realize that the whole world is watching them during this election period, they need to respect each other and their opinions. It is ok to disagree but its not ok to speak offensively to another person just because they have a different opinion or belief. You all need to realize that if the children are just reflecting their parents choice for president then its obvious who the majority of the Americans are going top vote for. In 2008 they voted for the democrats because they trusted them more than the republicans and I think this time they will vote for President Obama just because they trust him slightly more than Governor Romney. Remember America and its people are more important than any political party person.

    October 18, 2012 at 6:15 am |
  15. billinanza

    Yeah, well, I was pretty idealistic in high school too. Then I started working for a living and got the idealism knocked out of me mighty quick. It'd be interesting to talk to these kids in 10 years and see how they've changed.

    October 18, 2012 at 12:56 am |
  16. spud

    Well, it goes to show that they have a lot left to learn.

    October 18, 2012 at 12:08 am |
  17. Roy

    While often correct due to reflecting talk at home, it's wrong this time. No way Obama only wins Texas by one point....same issue in many other states. The cool factor is at play here.

    October 17, 2012 at 11:35 pm |
    • Roy way Obama loses by only one point in Texas. Long day.

      October 17, 2012 at 11:39 pm |
  18. ohio voter

    my daughter takes a debate class in high school and the students have been debating
    politics and the upcoming election. Overwhelmingly, these 17 year olds are going for Obama
    in their class. And this is in one of the most republican counties in Ohio.
    I'd say these kids are pretty smart. They see right through the republican candidate and don't trust him.

    October 17, 2012 at 10:23 pm |
    • tpenny

      If they are so smart – then they can't see through the Obama lies. Perhaps they are listening to too much of the liberal social media. If they are correct, then by 2016, this nation is going to be in bad shape. You better hope and PRAY they are wrong.

      October 18, 2012 at 2:09 am |
      • matt houston

        Because Lord knows Bush did such an awesome job in 8 years of GOP rule. You really think nobody knows what Republicans have been doing these 4 years while Obama tried to stop the bleeding and balance the budget, create jobs??? It doesn't matter what he does, GOP will find something to say about it. Unemployment over 8%...GOP whines about it for years...when it goes below 8%, GOP whines that it's not quick enough.

        Instead of encouraging and support his efforts to better the nation, at every single turn the GOP looks for any reason to demean his efforts. Just look at the ridiculous attempt of Romney to politicize the deaths of the ambassadors. Sickening.

        October 18, 2012 at 8:11 am |
      • comen

        matt houston, You are a liar.

        Obama spend us into 3 times more debt. Obama gave us $1Trilllion deficits each of the last 4 years for his budgets even with a democrat majority. Obama lost jobs while squandering stimulus money to political donors who are now bankrupt. He lies about the unemployment rate, knowing states have not reported their bad news that would being the rate back up over 8%. He did none of what you say, you know it, and you are a liar, just like Obama.

        The only demeaning person of significance in Washington is the great offensive deivder, Obama.

        Obama politicized the deaths of embassadors when he covered up the situation and liead out it. Sickening.

        October 18, 2012 at 8:46 am |
    • joe

      What did Obama accomplish in his first term? I know, he signed the Bush stimulas package and he signed the Pelosi health care bill. No I really mean what legislation did he introduce to congress, like the immigration reform legislation he promised to introduce. You can't balme that on anyone, his promise was to introduce legislation, you can't introduce a bill it if you can't get off your butt and write it.

      October 18, 2012 at 8:33 am |
  19. jj

    Obama/Biden 2012! Hillary 2016! Mittens/Eddie Munster never!

    October 17, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
    • Cheetahkit

      Yeah go Obama

      October 17, 2012 at 7:17 pm |
      • tom

        Chairman Obama is a fine role model for our children– his included. They are learning to lie as he does just about every time he opens his mouth.

        October 17, 2012 at 10:08 pm |
    • Ash

      Say NO to liar liar Mitt's pants on fire... and as far as Munster goes... he should work at a car rental.... Fratboys go back to where you came from. we need some decent people at the top.

      October 17, 2012 at 8:17 pm |
      • spud

        And that's what we have now? I guy who spent his youth idolizing avowed communists? Thank you, no.

        October 18, 2012 at 12:09 am |
      • matt houston

        Hey spud, is America a Communist nation after 4 years of Obama? No? Shut your trap you unintelligent foolish child.

        October 18, 2012 at 8:14 am |
    • Michael, Chapel Hill

      If you want Hillary to be president in 2016 dump Obama now; if Obama wins, it will be worse than 8 Bush years. No foundation stone will be left untouched and ready for a national bail out.

      October 18, 2012 at 11:28 am |
  20. Paul

    Another generation lost.

    October 17, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
  21. Tabitha Truitt

    One of the most popular talking points for Republicans is how the re-election of President Obama would be the end of a bright and prosperus future our children and grandchildren. Well, the children have spoken. This future electorate is saying I trust Barack Obama with my future a lot more than Mitt Romney. What is that we "grown-ups" say, "out of the mouths of babes". This vote give me hope for our future. Now, let's be as smart as our children and grandchildren and re-elect President Obama.

    October 17, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
    • Paul

      Another generation gone to hell.

      October 17, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
      • shawn l

        Yeah paul and you are a sterling example of your generation, hmm?

        October 17, 2012 at 6:51 pm |
    • tpenny

      Wake up and open your eyes! You are being deceived!!

      October 18, 2012 at 2:12 am |
    • matt houston

      I made 28k last year as a small business owner. This year so far I made $144K. Does any Republican want to ask how I am doing? Didn't think so.

      October 18, 2012 at 8:16 am |
      • Romeny

        My 1st question would be: what the heck is your point?

        October 18, 2012 at 10:26 am |
  22. Curt29

    It doesn't surprise me that the children are right most of the time. At that age they are likely to adopt their parents beliefs.

    October 17, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  23. csghostrider

    Stein. I voted for Stein.

    October 17, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  24. csghostrider

    Ron Paul!

    October 17, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
    • Shane

      He has good ideals, but they are not realistic in the modern world.

      October 17, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
  25. meso

    I remember when we did mock elections in Junior High. It was very informative of the political process. We had debates and it coincided with our student elections for class presidents. I remember the most fun was using actual voting machines. The pull lever to close the curtains, the flip switches for choosing your candidate, and my favorite, the "straight party" crank handle. LOL! Those were the days! I have a college degree and I can tell you, I never once met a teacher that held one party over another in the classroom. That's a fantasy of the right-wing, that some hippie teacher is blowing pot smoke at us and using strobe lights to control our minds and make us vote for the left. People make up their own minds on who to vote for and debating issues is what America is all about.

    October 17, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
    • Horrendus

      Glad to see at least one school is like that.. I have several family members who are or have been teachers, and they see all the left leaning teachers injecting their political views into the classroom. One family member has taken 2 of the faculty to Superintendents and school boards because of this very issue. For many, the liberal indoctrination is through out schools and it is often when students become Parents and property owners that they gain a true insight and change their voting ways.

      October 17, 2012 at 11:11 pm |
  26. Kay-Kay

    yay for the kids. they know a liar when they see one. i mean, the whole 47% comment said it all for me.

    October 17, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
    • spud

      Yea, it's OK kids, no one is going to take your mommy's food stamps away so she'll actually have to work for a living.

      October 18, 2012 at 12:15 am |
    • tpenny

      Well Kay Kay, you need to pay attention. Sounds like you are listening to the left-leaning media. Remember his 2008 promises – my, how we forget.

      October 18, 2012 at 2:15 am |
  27. The Mom Show

    My child participated in this "election." When he came home from school that day he asked for whom I intend to vote and why. It helped him learn the importance of educating oneself regarding candidates and issues prior to voting. It also opened the door for us to discuss why we need to listen to and respect the opinions of others, even if we disagree with them.

    October 17, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
    • vortex100

      Good for you. You are a good mother.

      October 17, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
    • Kristine

      It was so he could report back to the teacher how you were planning to vote.

      The thing is most the kids vote the way of parents and teachers. Why they can't do it for real until adulthood.

      October 18, 2012 at 9:31 am |
  28. Jack Leathers

    Go figure. In most schools Obama was purported to be Linconesque. Most Educator's, like Obama, do not tell the truth! I would say that they follow the unltra-liberal NEA's talking points instead of teaching our kid's the skills that they'll need to succeed in the workplace. The President stood before the American people last night and lied about the percentage of oil recovered on public land and sea. He lied, knowingly about Planned Parenthood's doing mammograms when in fact they do not. Candy Crowley deliberately misled people about the context of the President's Rose garden speech the day we had 4 people dehumanized in the streets of Benghazi and murdered by Islamic Terrorists! So much for journalistic neutrality.

    October 17, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
    • Kevin

      "Most Educator's, like Obama, do not tell the truth!". Good lord.

      October 17, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
      • Bob

        Yes, the teachers of America get certified in gulags where they are trained to lie and teach your children to hate America. This is one of those times where you should hear what you're saying and think about it for a minute.

        Planned Parenthood provides any number of health services. In some rural communities, it serves as a primary care facility.

        October 17, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
      • Frank

        Bob, for the most part this person is correct. Its not the teachers that are trained to lie, after speaking with several veteran teachers it is their opinion that they have watched certain history sections of books be altered or removed altogether and are upset about the curriculum changing to an opinionated view of our country. This is done across the board to take the country from a republic to a democracy to a socialist state, to a...
        I think you get the point.

        October 18, 2012 at 3:28 am |
    • Nancy

      If Jack had listened to his teachers who probably told him the truth but he couldn't hear it, he would know he needed educators not educator's. Also, he doesn't need a capital E

      October 17, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
    • shawn l

      Seek medical help.

      October 17, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
    • ludvig

      I subbed in a California classroom. I was once asked by a high school student who I would vote for. I think they thought I would vote Republican. I refused to answer as I didn't think political opinions should be pushed in schools. I'm a Democrat. The only political opinion I ever heard while in the school was a right wing Republican in the school lounge spouting off his nonsense. No one challenged him.

      October 17, 2012 at 11:59 pm |
      • tpenny

        California, right wing? I don't think so. This state is so screwed up with the liberal idiots its going to fall into the ocean.

        October 18, 2012 at 2:19 am |
    • ludvig

      I also live right next to an elementary school and during summer vacation I had to thank the nun down the street for playing her bagpipes to drown out the Rush Limbaugh I heard loudly coming from the school grounds.

      October 18, 2012 at 12:01 am |
      • tpenny

        Didn't you mean Chris Mathews, on MSNBC. There is nothing but dribble coming out of his mouth.

        October 18, 2012 at 2:21 am |
  29. Richie Rich

    If the political opinions of children were worth anything, they'd be allowed to vote.

    October 17, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
  30. felix el gato

    Maybe we do have a future.

    October 17, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
    • Romeny

      A future of bankruptcy, it would seem.

      October 18, 2012 at 10:28 am |
  31. Mr.P

    I had mock debates and elections. The sixth graders were engaged, informed and polite when dealing with views other than their own. Something that adults could learn was the most fun they had in class so far this year, according to them....

    October 17, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
    • Melissa

      We only wish adults could be as respectful!

      October 17, 2012 at 9:44 pm |
  32. Not Winston Churchill

    Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has no heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains. – W.C.*

    October 17, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
    • Nancy

      Most well educated people are liberals. So much for the "no brain" theory.

      October 17, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
      • spud

        Yea, there so busy getting educated that they never actually go out and work for a living.

        October 18, 2012 at 12:12 am |
    • shawn l

      Considering that a huge percentage of the republicans party voter base are undereducated people in the south...

      October 17, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
    • ludvig

      I'm 63 and a Democrat. My IQ 136. In college I had a Professor with a PHD in Nuclear Physics from Norway hug me in the hallway and tell me how proud he was of me as I got a 93 on a test with the class average at 27. I was also only one of 3 out of 400 students to get one of the problems correct. The problem was something like a ball centered in another ball with radiuses r and R. Using Gaussian integration solve for the voltage between the two balls. I also was the only student in a Metallurgical engineering class to derive the correct equation for 3 dimensions when the derivation was shown for one dimension. I did it by staring at a blank piece of paper for 10 hours and then I got a hit from where it came I do not know but I wrote a little equation out and 2 steps later I had the solution. I went back to college in the 1980's as I was working for the ingrate Ronald Raygun who called federal workers a bunch of bureaucrats. In my biochemistry class a student who is now a doctor put the rest of the class to scooting their desks in towards mine like they were going to copy from me when the second test was passed out as after one test I had a 40 point lead over everyone in the class including the doctor.

      October 18, 2012 at 12:12 am |
    • tpenny

      And you – old wise one?

      October 18, 2012 at 2:22 am |
  33. abdulthebutcher

    I remember an article like this on saying that Walter Mondale would win in 1984. The kids were off by a little on that one. Let's hope they are just as wrong this time.

    October 17, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
  34. Mark H

    Hey kids, see if you can understand this:

    October 17, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
    • spud

      Hey jerkweed, see if you can understand this. Go to

      October 18, 2012 at 12:10 am |
      • Michael, Chapel Hill

        No need to go anywhere; read the news and assess yourself who can bring back prosperity without dividing the people as Blacks, Whites,Women, rooting for Illegals and brainwashing the next generation thru public schools.

        October 18, 2012 at 11:32 am |
  35. JK

    It's good for kids to make mistakes . This is how they learn. In 20 days they can start helping Obama pack.

    October 17, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
    • vortex100

      You can wish and hope, I suppose, but President Obama is going to be sticking around as our leader for 4 more years. Thank goodness. We don't need Romney (Bush 2.0) destroying everything again.

      October 17, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
      • spud

        Lord help us if we have another 4 years of Obama. Fiscal cliff and another 4 trillion in debt, here we come!

        October 18, 2012 at 12:11 am |
  36. Mark

    Does this really get kids politically involved? I mean, how many of them have formed their own political opinions? I'm sure the vast majority are just voting for whoever their parents are voting for.

    October 17, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
    • Stephen

      I think it provides a first step into the proccess. They may not have fully develloped opinions, but it provides a place to learn about hte system. Beside, how many adults just vote for whichever party their paents voted for?

      October 17, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
    • Victoria

      Though my son is now an adult, he was always very active and clearly had his own opinions. His father is conservative, I'm fairly centrist, and my son is considerably more liberal. His introduction to politics, through polls such as this always had an impact on him. I took him with me to polling stations several times and in high school he volunteered at polling stations and took it very seriously. If we don't introduce our children to such activities, where will they learn the importance of politics? I would far prefer to have the next generation take activities such as these seriously so that they understand the power an individual (or groups of individuals) can have in our government. By participating in their own mock poll, they will be far more inclined to be interested in the actual election. Besides that, if they are merely voting as their parents would vote, doesn't that stand as an indicator of the actual election? Seems to me there are several benefits to including our children in the political processes of today.

      October 17, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
    • fatal42

      You don't think these kids were in some way shape or form indoctranated to believe in the almighty Obama ???

      October 17, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
      • jj


        October 17, 2012 at 6:15 pm |
      • vortex100

        You cannot even spell "indoctrinated" correctly. Why use 3 (count them, if you can) question marks? What school did you flunk out of?

        Correction for you:
        You don't think these kids were in some way, shape, or form indoctrinated to believe in the almighty President Obama?

        Now, that's better. It is still a stupid question, but most people can now read and understand what you meant.

        October 17, 2012 at 6:51 pm |
      • Frank

        I don't think anyone answered his question, yes they are taught that he is the first black president and a modern day MLK. This allows children to idolize him but they do not teach them about the negatives. I was one of the children. I voted Obama when I was 21 and I hate myself for not even looking at what was happening. He is continuing Bush's plan of taking control past the patriot act with the NDAA. Why isn't the NDAA being brought up in the debate??

        October 18, 2012 at 3:37 am |
      • vikesfanfrom74

        Frank – At 21 you really didn't consider yourself a child did you?

        October 18, 2012 at 12:11 pm |
    • Cashmeremafia

      I did when I was younger because I didn't know any better, but then I wised up. I'm sure most people think for themselves when they are older and don't ALWAYS vote for the party thier parents voted for, like myself.

      October 19, 2012 at 7:47 pm |