Due to the countless rants and verbal battles between the two major presidential candidates, many voters are apathetic of voting for either of the two.
From the beginning of campaign season until Election Day, the Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, and the Republican candidate, Donald Trump, have verbally assaulted each other on a number of different platforms ranging from the presidential debate stage to social media outlets.
This unprofessional behavior exemplified from both candidates leaves ill feelings in the minds of several voters. In fact, this behavior has a caused a large percentage of people to question their initial choice for president or whether to vote at all.
According to the Pugh Research Center, the support percentages for both candidates dropped nearly 10 percent from the 2012 election. Although the numbers of supporters are still relatively strong, they reflect that little over 50% of voters support either candidate.
In addition to not wanting to vote, many voters feel that they must choose from the lesser of two evils. In fact, as the campaign trail drags along, tensions between the two major political parties progressed so terribly that many voters felt as if they had no choice but to vote, in hopes that the opposing party would not win.
Cadaris Waits, a junior industrial technology major from Jackson, Miss. feels as if his choice on the ballot is forced based on the sickening nature of this year’s campaign season.
“Even though I don’t have much of a choice, I’m voting for Clinton. Honestly, I don’t like my first time voting for the presidential election, and I’m stuck between these two.”
When asked her thoughts on this year’s election, Kamron Calvert, a junior healthcare administration major from West Point, Miss. answered, “I’m going to vote, but we’re doomed regardless.”
Whether or not the nature of apathetic voters places an impact on the election will soon be revealed. Election Day is today, November 8, 2016. The polls are open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.