Bernie, Biden or Trump?

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America.” Every morning, we recite this pledge without really understanding its significance. “To the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” The United States, a democratic republic, is founded with the principles of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We enjoy these liberties through equal opportunity, through civic engagement, through paying taxes. But most prominent is the right to vote, the right to elect officials who best represent our interests. Read below about why voting in the 2020 election is so important.


Andrew Yuen, Bear Hub Staff

According to CNN, voter turnout in the 2016 presidential election was at a 20 year low, with only 55% of eligible voters casting their ballots. Four years later, the New York Times predicts voter turnout will be at an all-time-high going into 2020. It is crucial that young voters such as ourselves participate in this civic duty and ensure the right candidate becomes President. Moreso, young voters are the least likely group to cast ballots, one of the main reasons Democrats lost back in 2016. We, as a collective, have the chance to change history and make the youth a fighting force. The candidates: President Donald J. Trump, Vice President Joseph R. Biden, and Senator Bernard “Bernie” Sanders – all present unique perspectives in this election cycle. On one hand, President Trump represents the GOP establishment with an overwhelming 92% of Republicans supporting him. On the other, Biden represents the moderate Democrat base while Sanders has built a considerable grassroots coalition of progressive supporters dubbed “The Bernie Bros.”

In a poll conducted by Bear Hub, 74 respondents said they would vote for Bernie Sanders, 34 would vote for Trump, and 27 would vote for Biden. This aligns with recent polls which suggest Sanders as the dominant candidate among young voters while Trump and Biden battle for second. Overall, however, Biden beats Sanders in the polls and general election polls suggest a close race no matter who the democratic nominee is. With the majority of Sanders supporters being young voters, we hold an unprecedented amount of power going into the election. With so much at stake, it is necessary that we become more civically engaged and vote for the candidate we believe is best suited to tackle the problems of the 21st century.

If you would like to take the survey (and have not already), please click the link below. We will update the results as the election gets nearer.