Obama Wins Weekly Reader Student Poll

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The nation’s youngest citizens are apparently ready for change:

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y., Oct 29, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — America’s most trusted and accurate student survey has predicted the winner in 12 of the past 13 elections.

Just days before Americans choose our next president, voting has concluded in the Weekly Reader Student Presidential Election Poll. And the nation’s students resoundingly say that Barack Obama will be the country’s next leader. In the 14th Weekly Reader election survey, with more than 125,000 votes cast from kindergarten through 12th grade, the result was Obama 54.7% and John McCain 42.9% (with “other” candidates receiving 2.5% of the student vote). The Obama victory in the classroom electoral vote was even more resounding: The Democrat won 33 states and the District of Columbia, garnering 420 electoral votes, while McCain took 17 states and 118 electoral votes.

For the past 52 years, the results of the Weekly Reader poll have been consistently on target, with the student vote correctly predicting the next president in 12 out of 13 elections. (The only time the kids were wrong was 1992, when they chose George H.W. Bush over Bill Clinton.) This year, as in 2000 and 2004, the student election was conducted in conjunction with noted polling organization Zogby International.

And about that one off year in 1992, a representative of Weekly Reader who was interviewed on POTUS `08 earlier this week said they had erred in not including Ross Perot in the student survey, so it wasn’t a true reflection of the race in 1992.

Still, a 12 for 13 record isn’t bad, and bodes well for Obama’s chances on November 4th.