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Presidential Survey

Presidential Survey

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Published by thereadingzone
A survey to use with students before the 2008 election, adapted from Susan E. Goodman's survey (for use with her book, See How They Run:
Campaign Dreams, Election Schemes,
and the Race to the White House
Illustrated by Elwood H. Smith
Bloomsbury Children's Books)
A survey to use with students before the 2008 election, adapted from Susan E. Goodman's survey (for use with her book, See How They Run:
Campaign Dreams, Election Schemes,
and the Race to the White House
Illustrated by Elwood H. Smith
Bloomsbury Children's Books)

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Okay, you aren’t quite old enough to vote in the 2008 election. But youropinions can still be heard!I think that kids have a lot to say about how their country should berun. I also think it would be great if those ideas could be known. Sotoday I am asking you what you think about politics and voting.When grownups vote, their choices are secret. The same is true here. Soyou can say what you really think!
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1.
 
Are you a
Boyor a Girl
2
.
Have you talked about the presidential election with your parents?
YesNo
3. If you could vote for president now, would you choose the same candidate thatyour parents are voting for? _______ 
Yes
 _______ 
 No
 _______ 
I don't know who they are voting for 
 _______ 
I don't know if I'd vote for the same person.
4. How good a job do you think the current president is doing?A)
Very Good
B)
Pretty Good
C)
 Not Very Good
D)
Bad
5. Do you think it makes a difference which political party wins a presidentialelection?
YesNoI dont know
6. Mark the statement you agree with most. _______ 
There should be a law that says that American citizens must vote.
 _______ 
We should be able to choose if we want to vote or not.
7. Do you think you will vote when you have the chance? Why or why not?
 _______________________________________________________________________  _______________________________________________________________________ 
 
 __ 
8. Right now, most American prisoners are not allowed to vote, even if they arecitizens. Do you think that being in jail means you should lose the right to vote?
YesNo I dont know
9. Mark the idea you agree with the most. _______ 
To be fair, candidates should all spend about the sameamount of money on their campaigns.
 _______ 
To be fair, candidates should be able to raise as much money as they can tospend on their campaigns.
10. Here is a list of some of the problems facing our country now. Mark the issuethat you think is the MOST important one for our new president to work on. _______ 
Making sure all Americans can go to good doctors and hospitals.
 _______ 
Making sure all Americans have good schools
 _______ 
Making sure all Americans have jobs
 _______ 
Deciding if people from other countries can live in the United States(immigration)
 _______ 
The war in Iraq
 _______ 
Keeping America safe from terrorism
 _______ 
Global warming
 _______ 
Working with other countries on the world’s problems
11. Mark the problem you think is the second most important one for our nextpresident to work on. _______ 
Making sure all Americans have good schools
 _______ 
Making sure all Americans have jobs
 _______ 
Deciding if people from other countries can live in the United States(immigration)
 _______ 
The war in Iraq
 
 _______ 
Keeping America safe from terrorism
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 _______ 
Global warming
 _______ 
Working with other countries on the world’s problems
12. Mark the problem you think is the third most important one for our nextpresident to work on. _______ 
Making sure all Americans have good schools
 _______ 
Making sure all Americans have jobs
 _______ 
Deciding if people from other countries can live in the United States(immigration)
 _______ 
The war in Iraq
 _______ 
Keeping America safe from terrorism
 _______ 
Global warming
 _______ 
Working with other countries on the world’s problems.
13. What message would you like to give to our new president?
 _______________________________________________________________________  _______________________________________________________________________  _______________________________________________________________________  _______________________________________________________________________  _______________________________________________________________________  _____  _______________________________________________________________________  _______________________________________________________________________  _______________________________________________________________________  ___ 
When you complete the survey, take out your writer’s notebook. Look at the 3 mostimportant issues you chose above. For each issue, write a paragraph in yourwriter’s notebook. Why is it an important issue? How does it affect the country?How does it affect your life? Your writer’s notebook entry should look like an essay!Your thesis might look something like, “There are many important issues facing thenext president of the United States.”

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