The Democratic candidate Joe Biden was selected by kids for president, receiving 61 percent of the vote, while President Donald Trump, a Republican, got 39 percent. More than 168,000 votes were cast online from kindergarten through grade 12 students nationwide.
Since 1940, the results of the student vote have usually reflected the outcome of the actual election. In fact, Scholastic readers have been wrong only three times. In 1948, kids picked Thomas E. Dewey over President Harry S. Truman. In 1960, students selected Richard M. Nixon over the eventual president, John F. Kennedy. And most recently, students chose Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in 2016.
Will students be right this year? We’ll find out soon!
The Student Vote is an educational activity, not based on a scientifically-designed sample of the student population, and reflects the views of self-selected respondents.