By Christian Barrington
The Mason Times
Sophomore Evelyn Andre, comments on Bernie Sanders
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Iowa Democratic voters showed equal support for Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, but their backers came from different groups.
“I believe Bernie is starting a political revolution of sorts,” said pre-law sophomore Jasmin Shafquat. “He has support from our generation because he’s basing his ideals off what the people want, not big business.”
Sanders has proven his dedication to the millennials, providing policy options such as the College For All Act, which would make college free for a generation that has an average student loan debt of $29,400, according to The Institute of College Access (TICAS). Also, Sanders has agreed with the 70 percent of 18-33 year-olds who agree with same-sex marriage since the early 70’s. Hillary Clinton has changed her views in 2013, after nearly a decade of not supporting it.
Sanders may have the support of the millennials; Sanders received 84 percent of votes from the age range of 17-29, according to TIME, but some voters are still worried.
“Sanders’ ideals are socialistic, which clearly the youth likes, but the older generations did not vote for him,” said pre-med senior, Nathan Vengalil.
Sanders only received 26 percent of the votes from voters aged 65 and older, whereas Clinton received 74 percent, according to TIME.
This could be detrimental for Sanders but great for Clinton due to the majority of the votes Sanders received were only from an age group whose voter turnout is not great. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 38 percent of voters aged 18-24 showed up to the polls in 2012, compared to 69.7 percent of voters who are 65 years old or older. Clinton could easily sweep Sanders away with the older generations behind her.
Many of Sanders’ socialistic ideas towards universal healthcare, free education, redistribution of wealth, and his immigration ideals are not supported by older generations, who were taught to fear words such as communism and socialism.
Older generations are not the only ones who fear the hopeful Sanders. Sanders would have to pass his very left leaning policies through a Republican House in which the members are known for shooting down liberal policies.
“I think it would be great if the policies would pass, but it is a Republican majority who need to pass the bills, which would not happen,” said economics sophomore Evelyn Andre. “I think where the United States is as a country right now, isn’t right for Bernie’s policies.”
Clinton, on the other hand, is taking the process more gradually than the democratic- socialist Sanders.
“I’m a progressive, but I am a progressive who likes to get things done,” said Hillary Clinton via CNN.
Despite having much support, Sanders has a long road ahead for him. Clinton received 22 and Sanders received 21 of the delegates during the Iowa Caucus.
“I believe that either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump have the best chance of winning the election, unfortunately,” said Shane Carnagie, Michigan House of Representatives Research Coordinator . “Them [winning] also comes with great disdain for those who are so blind to the issues that they blindly vote based on tabloids and biased posts on social media.”