Thread: Weekly Reader selects Dubya
10-31-2004, 04:18 PM #1
Weekly Reader selects Dubya
Weekly Reader kids select Bush in Presidential Poll
The students who read Weekly Reader’s magazines have made their preference for President known: they want to send President Bush back to the White House.
The results of this year’s Weekly Reader poll have just been announced, and the winner is President Bush. Hundreds of thousands of students participated, giving the Republican President more than 60% of the votes cast and making him a decisive choice over Democratic Senator John Kerry.
Since 1956, Weekly Reader students have correctly picked the president 11 out of 12 times, making the Weekly Reader poll one of the most accurate predictors of presidential outcomes in history.
President Bush was a strong winner in the student poll; the only state Senator Kerry won was Maryland. Senator Kerry was also in a statistical dead heat with President Bush in New York, Massachusetts, Washington, D.C. and Vermont. President Bush won most grades, although Senator Kerry did win among tenth-graders.
This year students caught election fever, with an increase of more than 20% in the number of students participating in the Weekly Reader poll than in any prior year. While there were participants from grades K through 12, third- and fourth-graders were the most enthusiastic voters. More than 57,000 students from each of those two grades voted.
The presidential poll, in which teachers collected their students’ votes and forwarded them to an independent polling company to be tabulated, is part of Weekly Reader’s “Promote the Vote” program, created to teach students about the election process, the issues, the candidates, and how democracy works.
“This program teaches students that voting is a privilege and a responsibility,” said Emily Swenson, President of Weekly Reader. “Through this authentic experience, we are hoping students will become advocates and lifelong voters. And even though the election may be over in eight days, the learning will continue.”
As part of the Promote the Vote Program, Weekly Reader will also conduct an essay contest called Write Your Own Acceptance Speech. In this contest, students from grades three through 12 will be asked to write the speech they would give if they were going to be inaugurated as President in January. Contest rules will be posted at the Weekly Reader Website (www.weeklyreader.com) beginning November 8.
To select this year’s presidential poll winner, classrooms across the country submitted ballots, called in results via a toll-free number, or voted online. The results were tabulated by Zogby International, which has been conducting public opinion polls since 1984.
10-31-2004, 04:38 PM #2
nickelodeon was won by kerry....who cares either way.
10-31-2004, 06:59 PM #3
Hey this is very scientific here!
10-31-2004, 07:20 PM #4Originally Posted by Jdawg50
11-01-2004, 08:01 AM #5
You know its a close election when omens are conflicting. Seeing as how it was a techincall call that no one knows is right that decided the game, I'm guessing its a sign that lawyers will control who gets into office........
If history holds, the 28-14 result portends a victory for Kerry on Tuesday because the result of the Redskins' final home game before the presidential election has always accurately predicted the White House winner. If the Redskins win, the incumbent party wins. If they lose, the incumbent party is ousted.
"Oh, yeah, he's going to win. It's guaranteed," said Packers safety Darren Sharper, a Kerry supporter. "I don't have to vote now. Don't even have to go to the polls. Saved me a trip on Tuesday."
The streak began in 1933, when the Boston Braves were renamed the Redskins. Since then, beginning with Franklin Roosevelt's re-election in 1936, the trend has held, including a 2000 Redskins loss to the Tennessee Titans that predicted George W. Bush's win over Al Gore.
Sunday, the win was the third straight for Brett Favre and the Packers, who pulled back to .500 after a 1-4 start.
The Redskins, trailing 20-14, thought they scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 43-yard reception by Clinton Portis with 2:35 to play. But the celebrations died quickly when the play was called back for an illegal motion penalty on receiver James Thrash.
On the next play, Al Harris intercepted Mark Brunell's pass and returned the ball 29 yards. Ahman Green scored on an 11-yard run four plays later, and a 2-point conversion sealed the victory.
Favre had an erratic game, playing with a sprained hand, a banged thumb and the distraction of his wife undergoing breast cancer treatment. He completed 20 of 33 passes for 289 yards and a touchdown and three interceptions.
But the play everyone will remember is the negated touchdown.
"I was exhausted," Washington tackle Chris Samuels said. "I was chasing Clinton all over the field after we scored the touchdown trying to hug him. I was like, 'Slow down, man. I'm trying to celebrate with you.' Then, I turned around and saw the officials calling us back. It's just disappointing. It's tough."
The other perspective?
"I won't even lie to you - my heart sank when I saw him run into the end zone," said Green Bay's Bhawoh Jue, who made his first start since 2001 in place of Sharper. "I have full confidence in my offense, but I'm glad they didn't have to go back out."
The flag was apparently thrown because Thrash was not set for a full second after going into motion on the play. He said he didn't want to comment on the call because he "didn't know for sure" if it was the right one.
Redskins coach Joe Gibbs didn't seem satisfied with the explanation the officials gave him.
"They said it was James Thrash," said Gibbs, whose team dropped to 2-5. "I know it wasn't James. He's super-smart and doesn't make mistakes like that. ... It's an absolute mystery to me."
11-01-2004, 09:50 AM #6
redskins lost at home.....its a lock for kerry
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