BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- News 4 asked 169 college students from Buffalo State, UB, and Canisius how much they feel their vote counts.
“I understand that it’s not just on the presidential candidate to change the world basically. I know it takes a lot of people. So I’m not necessarily going to put my trust in one person,” said Buffalo State senior Franklin Hagler.
For some people, Nov. 8th feels that way.
There’s only one name you can cast your ballot for when it comes to who will sit in the Oval Office.
“It’s incredibly hard for a Democrat or a Republican to find any form of trust within either of the candidates. And I think that’s really hard because it puts a lot of good voters in a very bad situation,” said Canisius sophomore Landon Mackinnon.
The smallest number of voters we surveyed felt their vote counts very much, 16.5 percent.
Most students told us they feel their vote counts somewhat, about 35 percent.
30.7 percent said their vote counts very little, and 17.7 percent feel their vote doesn’t count at all.
“Definitely my vote does count,” said Canisius junior Peyton Richmond, who is voting for Hillary Clinton.
“Honestly I feel like the vote and the participation matters but in this election I don’t think that my vote really matters that much,” Mackinnon said.
Mackinnon was originally a Bernie Sanders supporter, but told News 4 he’ll be casting his vote for Hillary Clinton Tuesday.
Some felt the weight of their vote boils down to their state.
“If I think Donald Trump would be much worse for four years than Hillary Clinton, then I really don’t have an option at this point you know? I can vote for an independent candidate like Gary Johnson but it’s not going to do too much because that vote, it doesn’t mean anything in this state,” said Mackinnon.
When the sophomore goes to the polls, he’s thinking most about income inequality.
We asked other survey takers what issues are at the top of their list.
“Probably education. And college debt,” Hagler told us.
“Immigration reform is such a big one for me,” Richmond said.
“I’m thinking of the war on ISIS, I’m thinking of the economy,” said Ryan Ballow, who is voting for Donald Trump.
Benjamin Ersing, who studies at Buffalo State, is focused on education also.
“I’d like to see somebody do something about our school system,” he said.
Many voters told us while they don’t feel their vote will make an impact on the national stage, locally, they feel it matters a great deal.