Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are considered two of the most controversial presidential candidates to date.
Their unique political campaigns have been constantly dissected throughout the 2016 presidential election. Clinton has made history for being the first female Democratic nominee for president, while simultaneously being investigated by the FBI. Trump has made headlines for his extreme behavior, strong personality and what some consider an overly offensive conduct.
When it comes to the political opinions of MSU young women, they vary greatly. Many are affected by Trump’s harshness and felt compelled to vote for the Democrats not based on ideology, but to prevent a Trump presidency.
“I’ve supported her (Clinton) and Bernie kind of the same,” said Veronica Garza, female voter and MSU student. “Just because I don’t want Trump to win.”
Ally Hamzey, female voter and MSU student, also agreed with Garza. “Originally I was a Bernie supporter,” she said. “But after Bernie dropped out I found Hillary to be the next best candidate and option.”
For Republican women, political ideology comes first when choosing a Presidential candidate.
“I have always supported Trump, from the beginning,” Alexis McKay, female voter and MSU student, said. “I didn’t like Bernie’s views and I’m just a Republican, I don’t agree with liberal policies and will always vote Republican.”
Lexi Weber, female voter and MSU student, said at the end of the day, her party is what matters the most.
“Trump may be harsh at times but he’s what this country needs to be great again, he’s still a Republican and his policies are always going to be better than those Democratic,” she said.
All women surveyed said Clinton’s email scandal was not a deciding factor in their choice in voting for Trump.
The gender aspect of Clinton’s campaign is thought to be historic, but many MSU female voters believe gender should not be a main factor in this election.
When surveyed, 17 out of 20 students said that Clinton being a woman was irrelevant to them when choosing a candidate. These numbers also reflect a national trend, as a CBS/NYT poll found that 43 percent of women voters think that Clinton being a women does not affect how most Americans judge her.
“I like that she’s a women running for president,” McKay said. “But that doesn’t mean I’m going to change my vote because she’s a woman, I’m a woman, it doesn’t mean anything.”
“Her being a women adds to the fact but it’s one among many,” Hamzey said. “Not the primary reason I’m voting for her.”
Garza was one of the few surveyed who said that Clinton being a woman made a difference to her.
“Partly because she is a women and partly because her husband was such a good president,” Garza said.
“I like the idea of a woman president but I don’t like her policies so it’s not really going to change my opinion,” Kenzie O’Brien, said. “It’s not going to make me vote for her.”
Other Republican women said they think the problem is not the message, but the tone used by Trump when delivering it.
“Trump needs to tone it down,” McKay said. “He should stop saying things so aggressively. As a women what he says does not personally offend me, I know he doesn’t mean the things he says. When he’s put on the spot some things just come out wrong, but that doesn’t change my opinion of him.”
“I know he has said a bunch of stuff about immigrants that I don’t agree with,” Kenzie O’Brien said. “But it has not personally offended me or made me want to not vote for him.”
On the Democratic side, Hamzey said she has been offended by Trump’s behavior and it has affected her political opinion.
“In general him calling women pigs, him calling women insults pertaining to their weight or appearance, I think it’s really disgusting,” she said.