“I Side With…” MB students take on the election

Recently in our Modern World History classes, MB sophomores took the “I Side With” survey and responded to the following prompt: “After taking the ‘I Side With’ survey, reflect on how this election connects to Modern World History. Did anything surprise you? Do you wish you could vote in this election? Why or Why not?” Here are several of their anonymous responses:

“The “I Side With” survey I took in class assessed me as siding with Hillary Clinton on 99% of issues. I was not particularly surprised by my results, as I am and have been an avid Clinton supporter. We agreed on nearly everything but our foreign policy strategies, she being more forcefully interventionist while I believe in exercising all attempts at imgresdiplomacy before armed conflict. I sided with Trump on 12% of issues, most of which were very general and primarily economic, such as minimum wage. I found it particularly interesting that many of the topics exhibited in the survey had been touched on in our class, whether directly or loosely correlated. I do wish that I could vote during this election because the candidates’ mentalities and rhetoric are so starkly divided. There is little that I agree with Trump on, and I believe that Clinton, whatever her flaws may be, will be viewed by history as a solid leader and groundbreaker.”

“The election connects to how many countries handled their policy and funding choices during the war and depression when the issues were even more pressing. It surprised me how complicated each category is, and how most of my answers affect other answer choices. I do wish I could vote in this election, but I also have hope that the candidate I side with and support, Hilary Clinton, will win the election.”

“I don’t know much about this election and have not really been following it. My survey results truly surprised me with how much I agreed with my top candidate. So much has been fed into my head through social media and what I am hearing from my parents and the news that I have never really formed my own opinions on the candidates. I just believed what I was hearing. This quiz was the first time I really compared my beliefs with those of the candidates and the outcome truly did shock me. Personally, I am glad that I am not voting in this election. Even with the results of this survey, I would not be able to get out all the negative connotations that come with the candidates out of my head. This would cause me not to be able to think straight, and I would not want to contribute to the nation’s fate without knowing 100% that who I am voting for will be better for our country.”


“I wasn’t surprised by the results. The questions I answered strongly agreed with were on the topics of security and economics, and my answers went along with what Republicans think. Like having more security on the border and having thorough backgrounds checks on immigrants even though some Republicans don’t want any immigrants to come. I think of myself as in Independent because I believe in same-sex marriage, but I also believe in a lot of what the Republicans believe in. I originally thought I would want to vote, but after taking this survey, here are a lot more issues that I don’t know about like increasing property taxes or environmental issues. So, I think it’s best that I am not voting this year because I still have a lot to learn about how our country works.”

“After taking “I Side With” survey, I was mostly surprised about my results and how similar my results were to Hillary Clinton’s ideas. I got a 97% match to both Hillary Clinton and Jill Stein, and although I know little about Jill Stein I’ve never supported Hillary Clinton unless it was just to disagree with Donald Trump. To connect this election to MWH, I think it is important to compare Trump to some Fascist rulers such as Stalin, Mussolini, and Hitler. I do not support Trump in any way, but I do at least understand why many people do support him and think he is the clear choice for our president. Trump isn’t a politician, he is a businessman, and by funding his own campaign is able to say whatever he wants. Trump appeals to many people in this country because he is a candidate, unlike any past one who promises a businesslike approach to running our country. Like many Fascist rulers that rose after the Global Depression, Trump is appealing because he offers much more substantial and groundbreaking changes to the way our country is run and this does appeal to a lot of people. If I could vote in this election it would only be to submit a vote against Trump, but who I would vote for I’m not sure; I don’t think I’m familiar enough with the third party candidates to know.”

“After taking the “I Side With” survey, my answers resulted in me siding with Hillary Clinton 98%. This election clearly draws parallels to what we’ve been learning so far in Modern World History, specifically the topic of immigration. Hillary Clinton wants to continue to accept Syrian refugees into our country, with an extensive background search on all those being considered. I think this is really important to acknowledge the mistakes made by the United States in the past, by not accepting Jewish refugees, during the Holocaust, and make sure it doesn’t happen again. I wish I could vote in this election, because it is hard to stand by and watch the fate of the country I live in, in the hands of others.”

“In taking the “I Side With” survey, I realize how much will face the next president of United States. The amount of contentious issues is staggering. That being said, I believe that the election truly connects with many from the past. The problems in the United States, though they might change, they never go away. There will always be many issues that face the president, such as FDR during the Great Depression. We must trust the president to make the right decision with the situation at hand. This is one reason I am glad I can’t vote in this election. I feel neither of the candidates are worthy of that trust, and that neither of them truly deserve the spot. I do keep up with a majority of the political issues whether online or in the news. That is why not much surprised me from the survey.


“I was not completely surprised as to my results, however, the one thing that did surprise me was that I agreed with merely 10% of Donald Trump’s ideas. Also, the topics it said that I agreed with him on where immigration issues and the economy. I was shocked to see this because I thought that my view on immigration struggles was VERY different from his, especially due to many of the things he says in debates about the “bad hombres” coming from Mexico and creating a wall! When answering questions on immigration, I encouraged the US to admit more immigrants regardless of their background of country of origin. However, I believe that there should be background checks on most immigrants. This is not to stereotype or single any one race out, but it is important to protect our nation, and if there are statistics that can help us do that, then I suggest we do. I also believe that undocumented immigrants should not be immediately deported, but should have to face the same process that documented immigrants did for the safety and fairness of the process. I cannot say that I do wish I could vote in the election because I struggle with the candidate options we have. Regardless of how much I agree with their stances, I see many faults in both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.”

“It relates to what we are learning in MWH because in today’s world we have completely different situations than the ones we faced during World War II. Nothing surprised me, but when looking back through why I sided with Hillary Clinton, it made sense why she needs to win. I agreed 75% with what Hillary Clinton’s ideas were, and I was not surprised by it because she actually has a plan for America. I was extremely surprised that I sided with Donald Trump for 45% of his issues because most of his issues are either badly planned or impossibly expensive (i.e., the wall). When it came to the abortion law, that was one I sided with Trump because I think that it is completely wrong to kill babies regardless of the circumstances. Although Hillary did bad things in the past, I believe that due to her political experience she will have an edge over Donald Trump. The two candidates running are not good, but we have to either stick with that or a third party. I like my life how it is and when the time comes for me to be able to vote, I will have a better understanding of the policies the candidates put forth and how it will affect America positively or negatively.”

“Not much surprised me, but it was interesting to see how my opinions were similar to some of the candidates when I thought their views on a certain topic were slightly different from mine. I’m not sure that if I could vote, I would. Of course, I’d like to participate and to offer my opinion on the ballot. Although, as evidenced by the survey, I do not favor one candidate majorly over another. This election connects to Modern World History because the public’s opinion plays a major role in either choosing a new leader or president, as well as, engaging in war.”

“For me while filling out this survey, I noticed a lot of parallels mostly directed toward foreign policy, in particular refugees. I definitely felt the most comfortable answering these questions as I felt much more educated on them. I was surprised by how my best match at the end of the survey was Hillary. While watching the debates, I see myself often disagreeing with her stances, but when I sit down and look at them, they are indeed similar to mine. I realize that I seem to dislike Hillary not for her political stances but for her as a person. In a way this doesn’t seem right to me because choosing a president should be based mostly on policies, not them as a person. I am glad I am able to vote in this election because frankly, I cannot see either Trump or Clinton being the leaders of our country.”


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