SARANAC LAKE - High-school students at the Adirondack Educational Center chose President Barack Obama over Mitt Romney by an enormous margin - more than 50 percentage points - in an informal poll this week.
They also think the economy is the biggest issue facing the next president, by a long shot.
Students in Rhonda Meserole's 12th-grade social studies class polled their fellow students Thursday and today at the BOCES (Board of Cooperative Educational Services) school in Saranac Lake, which serves the greater Tri-Lakes area. Meserole reported the results to the Enterprise Friday.
President Barack Obama
(AP file photo)
Of the school's 181 students, 108 voted for president, and Obama got 72 of those votes - two-thirds. Romney got 17, and "other" - covering four minor-party candidates on the presidential ballot in New York - got 19.
The second question on the school poll asked for the most important national issue, giving eight options and room for a student to write in an issue. Students were asked to pick only one issue; some who picked more than one had their votes on that question dismissed.
The economy won big, with 35 votes. Health care followed with 17. Six students wrote in issues, with two votes each for debt, gas and gun control.
By the #s
Adirondack Educational Center student poll
Votes for president:
72 Obama (66.7%)
17 Romney (15.7%)
19 other (17.6%)
Votes for most important issue:
17 Health care
8 College funding
6 National security
5 Global warming
2 Debt (write-in)
2 Gas (write-in)
2 Gun control (write-in)