Residential presidential poll

An informal presidential poll conducted by New Eastside News in the Village Market Lakeshore East on a recent Saturday afternoon concluded that Senator Clinton will win the Democratic nomination and Senator Rubio or Donald Trump (if the party still claims him) will win the Republican nomination.

The thoughts behind the predictions are as dynamic as the race itself. Here are responses from some of the residents surveyed:

IMG_2640bNew Eastside resident Luke Chandra, a high school student at the Latin School of Chicago, will vote in his first presidential election this year. Chandra describes himself as a Republican.

But, he adds, “I say that with a chip on my shoulder.”

“I support Marco Rubio, but I don’t think he’ll win the primary,” he explains.

“I believe that Trump will win the primary, but I’m not a Trump supporter. I believe he’s too risky of a candidate, unlike Hillary.”

Chandra believes that the White House will welcome its second President Clinton in November.

“She has the most experience of any candidate and being a woman doesn’t hurt her chances at all,” he says. “I think a lot of voters believe that she’s a very reasonable and safe candidate, so it’s a safe vote to vote for Hillary.”

IMG_2647bAnother resident, Daniel Spiess, PhD, Assistant Director of Postdoctoral Affairs at the University of Chicago, has “no idea who’s going to win,” but believes that it will, “probably be a Democrat.”

“Everything is so extreme on the Republican side that I think it’s just turning a lot of people off,” he says. “It makes for great theater, but I don’t think it makes for good leadership.”

Among the things turning off voters, he says, are the candidates’ hawkish tendencies. For example, a recent New York Times article accused Senator Rubio of “stepping away” from his immigration reform bill, and a suspicion that Donald Trump — “as fun as he is” — is “just posturing.”

“I don’t even know if he really wants to be president,” Spiess muses.

As a former New Yorker, he voted for and lived through the leadership of Senator Clinton. He describes her performance as “totally fine” and says that, “people liked her.”

Maryam, an emergency room nurse from Naperville, who declined to provide her last name, predicts that Donald Trump will win the presidency.

“The sad truth is that America is completely ignorant and that’s exactly who they want to run their country.”

Mr. Trump’s negative portrayal of immigrants, a particularly sensitive topic for the first-generation American, fuels the ignorance she refers to. “My family is from Iran,” she says. “We are Muslim.”

If she “had to” cast a vote right now, Maryam, whose boyfriend lives in Lakeshore East, would support Senator Bernie Sanders because he addresses the “basic humanitarian” issues that are important to her.

A President Sanders, she says, “would help save us a little bit from this mess we’re in.”

— Daniel Patton, Staff Writer

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