A random sample poll of 273 students conducted by two political science majors three weeks before Election Day found 48 percent planned to vote for President Bush and 44 percent for John Kerry. The rest either favored another candidate or were unsure.
In a mock election held in the LaFortune Student Center a week before the election, 570 undergraduates and graduate students divided their vote this way between the two major candidates: 47.5 percent for Bush, 46.8 percent for Kerry. Bush won among freshmen and sophomores, Kerry among seniors and grad students. They more or less split the juniors.