Exploring Our Political Identities

September 28, 2016

Nothing has quite controlled the air waves over the past year like the rhetoric of the upcoming election.  As Mr. Trump, the Republican nominee, entered the field over a year very few political syndicates paid much mind to is opportunity to get the momentum to push for the political nomination.  Mrs. Clinton, on the other hand, has been a long standing representative of the Democratic party who is no stranger to running for the head seat of our executive branch.
      With all this in mind, the American History I sections along with the upperclassmen section of Sociology of the Family took a political party affiliation quiz this past week.  This quiz is designed to help indicate which of our two major parties fit each individual the best based on fifteen questions that are indicators for political party affiliation.  In all, one hundred and fourteen students participated in the political affiliation quiz.  All one hundred and fourteen students then participated in our classroom straw poll.  The results were quite shocking as we currently live in a Republican dominate state: eighty-five students were leaning towards the Democratic Party while twenty-nine students were leaning towards the Republican Party.  We then discussed how all fifteen questions fit into each political party.  This activity promoted a lot of conversation among the students in regards to what they see as most important to them as they develop their own political identities.