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Clinton Wins National Student Vote

October 21, 1992

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ High school students in a national mock election chose Democrat Bill Clinton by a large margin, the sponsors said Wednesday. President Bush got only eight votes in the survey’s Electoral College breakdown.

Clinton received 1.49 million of the 3.43 million votes cast Monday and Tuesday. Bush had 914,769, Perot 825,971 and other candidates a total of 201,056.

That translated into 43.7 percent for Clinton, 27.8 percent for Bush and 16 percent for Perot. If the election had been real, Clinton would have received 504 electoral votes, Perot 26 and Bush just eight.

The student balloting had Bush carrying only two states (Alaska and Utah) to Perot’s six (Idaho, Maine, Montana, Nebraska, Oregon and Wyoming).

The vote was sponsored by Knoxville-based Whittle Communications and the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Whittle operates the Channel One school television network, a 12-minute newscast with commercials that reaches 10,000 middle and high schools across the country.

Schools in every state except Hawaii participated in the voting.

The polling also included interviews with a sample of 7,337 students across the country. Results, carrying a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 2 percentage points, suggested a gender difference.

Female teens heavily favored Clinton, 42 percent to 26 percent for Bush and 25 percent for Perot. Male teens were split with 32 percent for Bush, 31 percent for Clinton and 29 percent for Perot.

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