Obama or Romney? M-A Reveals

Source: Zoe Pacalin

A once predominantly conservative school, Menlo-Atherton has shifted to favor liberal politics in the last few decades.

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In a recent survey of M-A students, a substantial majority said that they would, if they could this November, vote for Obama.

Several juniors voiced their reasons for voting in favor of Obama’s re-election. “He has promised a lot of things, so I want to see if a second term is what he needs to turn this nation around,” said Mark Gerhart (11).

Janet Ochoa (11), also an Obama supporter, said, “Obama’s the only one who would support immigrants.”

Isaac Melgoza (11) stipulated why he would not vote Republican this election if he could vote, saying, “Romney’s making it harder for students.”

While there was a heavy tendency towards Obama in all grade levels, the higher the grade level the less students said that they were undecided. A reasonable, and in all likelihood probable, conclusion would be that as students grow older, they are more informed, and subsequently, more opinionated. The fairly consistent proportion of the combined “undecided” students and Romney supporters in all grades suggests, however, that many of the “undecided” students in the younger grades become Romney supporters; this is possibly because some younger students who are inclined to support Romney prefer to say they are undecided to an audience made up largely of democratic classmates, but as they grow older, they feel more comfortable and confident disclosing their differing political opinions.



The M-A staff, also surveyed, showed unanimous support for Obama.While the number of staff members who shared their political views with M-A Bear News staff was limited, every staff member who did share said he or she would vote for Obama.

“I will be voting for Barack Obama for a number of reasons but, particularly, because I strongly disagree with governor Romney’s stance on education and his approach to foreign policy,” said Spanish teacher Kristen Budde.

Ellen Jacobson, a social studies teacher at M-A, said her main reasons for supporting Obama were “same sex marriage (hoping it will finally pass and become legal) and women’s issues, such as a woman’s rights to free choice to do whats she wants with her own body.”

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9 Responses to “Obama or Romney? M-A Reveals”

  1. jacob pfau on October 12th, 2012 2:49 pm

    I’m curious as to what the other section of pie graphs represents? I think the other option should have been removed, or explanations required.

  2. sgoodman on October 12th, 2012 7:13 pm

    I think, as a obama supporter, this is a great thing, but seeing this overwhelming majority makes me wonder if people actually support him or are just fallowing the crowd?

  3. David Schmitt on October 12th, 2012 8:42 pm

    I find it fascinating that as the student body ages (which implies that they have another year to better understand politics), the percentage of Obama supporters goes up…

  4. cwoods on October 12th, 2012 11:05 pm

    Its kind of crazy to see how many people like obama. Its a bit suspicious though how vast a majority of the student body does. It makes you question the actual knowledge of politics people have.

  5. shoover on October 15th, 2012 10:19 pm

    I think a huge contributing factor to the Obama “win” is just the fact that we live in Silicon Valley, an open-minded and innovative community that goes along with the liberal mindset, especially with Obama’s pro-gay rights and pro-choice stances.

  6. emcclelland on October 18th, 2012 2:27 pm

    I’d like to see this to a comparison of different schools across the U.S. The charts prove that we live in a liberal area.

  7. sparish on October 18th, 2012 5:06 pm

    The amount of Obama supporters is overwhelming, but I have to question how many of them are just following the crowd or listening to only what they hear from their parents or the news, which is probably MSNBC or some other liberal station, considering where we live.

  8. Hannah on October 18th, 2012 8:11 pm

    Wow, this was very well done research. I’m not surprised by the results at all as we live in a liberal area. Cool pie charts!

  9. greid on October 19th, 2012 6:15 pm

    Great statistics! Can’t wait to see how the election plays out.

Obama or Romney? M-A Reveals