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The Belles
St. Mary’s
With 1984 being an election year,
THE 32LLES thought it would be very in
teresting to conduct a school-wide presi
dential and North Carolina senatorial
election. The results were divided into
sections according to the following
classifications: freshmen, sophomores,
juniors, seniors, faculty, and administra
tion or staff. The results were somewhat
surprising in that there were some
amazing differences among the different
In the presidential election, 60 per
cent of the administration voted for
President Reagan and Vice-President
Bush, while 21 percent was in favor of
former Vice-President Mondale and Con
gresswoman Ferraro. Only 19 percent
was undecided. However, the faculty ex
pressed different preferences. They
voted 70 percent in favor of the Mondale-
Ferraro ticket, while only 25 percent
voted for Reagan-Bush. Only 5 percent
was undecided.
The senior class voted overwhelm
ingly for Reagan-Bush with 84 percent.
The Mondale-Ferraro ticket accounted
for only 9 percent, while 8 percent was
undecided. The junior class was in
agreement with the seniors because they
also supported Reagan-Bush with a 79
percent vote. Again, Mondale-Ferraro
-were far behind with only 8 percent. A
larger percentage of juniors is still unde
cided concerning this race with 11 per
cent. Both the sophomore and freshman
classes preferred Reagan-Bush over
Mondale-Ferraro by very large margins.
Eighty-three percent of the sophomores
voted for Reagan-Bush, while only 18
percent preferred Mondale-Ferraro. Fif
teen percent had yet to decide. The Rea
gan-Bush ticket won 75 percent of the
freshmen vote with Mondale-Ferraro
mustering oniy 10 percent. Many fresh
men were undecid^ with a 16 percent
vote. In the overall presidential election
at St. Mary’s, the Reagan-Bush ticket
vras the overwhelming favorite, ac
counting for 73 percent of the votes. Only
16 percent of the people here at St.
Mary’s preferred Mondale-Ferraro. Thir
teen percent was still undecided about
who to vote for.
The North Caroiina senatorial elec
tion between incumbent Jesse Helms
and Governor Jim Hunt \was a much
closer race. The administration vote was
divided equally, 35 percent to 35 percent,
between Helms and Hunt, while only 18
percent were undecided. However,
among the faculty, the clear favorite was
Hunt, who accounted for 78 percent of
the vote, while Helms was only able to
Cluster 12 prercent of the vote. Ten per
cent of the faculty still has not made
their choice. It is evident from the results
of the senior class that they are not in
Agreement with the faculty. The seniors
chose Helms over Hunt by a 65 percent to
t8 percent margin, which is a rather large
Spread. Seventeen percent of the senior
class was undecided. Again, in the junior
class. Helms was the overwhelming fa"
''orite. He won by a 74 percent to 22 per-
cent margin over Hunt. However, 20 p>er-
cent was undecided, and 9 percent would
''ote for either candidate. The Hunt-
Helms race was much closer in the
®cphomore class. Thirty-six percent pre-
^^rred Helms, and 30 percent was in favor
Hunt. However, a whopping 42 percent
the sophomore was still undecided. In
the freshman class, 48 percent voted for
Helms, and 22 percent was in favor or
Hunt. Again, ho\«ever, an overwheiming
30 percent was undecided. The schooi-
wide results for the senatorial race be
tween Helms and Hunt was a closer cam
paign. Forty-four percent of the peopie
here at St. Mary’s preferred Helms, while
29 percent voted for Hunt. Undecided ac
counted for 24 percent of the vote, and 3
percent wouid not vote for either Heims
or Hunt.
Because former Vice-President
Mondaie chose Congresswoman Geral
dine Ferraro as his running mate, a first
for this country, THE BELLES thought it
wouid be interesting to find out whether
people here at SMC would vote for a wo
man as President of the United States.
Naturaily, there vjas some controversy
over this particular question. However, it
was assumed that the woman running
would be just as qualified as her male
opponent. Thirty-two percent of the ad
ministration were in favor of a woman
president, but it was ciearthat nnore were
against this because a whopping 61 per
cent voted against choosing a woman as
president. Only 4 percent were unde
cided. A clear majority of 98 percent of
the faculty would vote for a woman as
president, while only a meager 2 percent
would not. Sixty percent of the senior
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ciass members said they wouid vote for a
woman with 40 percent voting against it.
Only 27 percent of the junior ciass was
against voting for a woman as president,
but 60 percent was in favor of it. Unde
cided accounted for only 8 percent of the
vote. In the sophomore class, 78 percent
said they would vote for a woman presi
dent, and 25 percent was not in favor of
this. Oniy 25 percent of the freshmen
would not vote fora woman as president.
However, an overwheiming 73 percent
was in favor of a woman as president.
Only 2 percent was undecided about this,
in the school-wide resuits, 69 percent
wouid vote for a woman as president,
with 26 percent against it. However, only
a small percentage of three was still not
sure about their decision.
Overall, it seems that people voted
as expected. It was predicted that Rea
gan and Helms would win because it
seems that St. Mary’s has Republican
tendencies. However, Mondale-Ferraro
and Hunt seem to be gaining ground as
the election draws close. It was inter
esting that the administration voted pri
marily Republican, while the faculty
voted Democratic. As predicted, the
Hunt-Helms race was very tight. Some
indicated, however, on their ballots that
they were so disgusted with the race that
they would vote for neither. It was inter
esting to see that many voted for Rea
gan-Bush, Republicans, and Hunt, a
Democrat, but no one voted for Mondale-
Ferraro, Democrats, and Helms, a
Republican. It was also noticed that
many here at St. Mary’s were not ready to
elect a woman as president.
Members of the St. Mary’s community show their support for candidate throuah
bumper stickers. ^

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