A recent poll exclusive to Nouse has revealed that, despite voting opening at midnight today, the majority of students still remain undecided about their favoured Presidential candidate.
The poll also exclusively revealed that Oliver Hutchings, and incumbent Tim Ngwena, are currently tied as the student favourite, after both gaining 18.5 per cent of the vote.
In a survey of around 300 students, 39.7 per cent claimed that they did not know who they would be voting for, with many unaware of either the candidates’ names or policies.
One first-year student, who preferred to remain unnamed, commented: “So that’s what all the posters are for? I didn’t even realise there were elections going on!”
This has raised questions over whether this year’s candidates are doing enough to target student apathy and awareness across campus, and whether their campaigns are reaching a broad enough range of students, although the University of York has one of the highest rates of Student Union participation across the country.
The survey showed that Roberto Powell is also a popular contender for the position of President, with 12.3 per cent voting in his favour, whilst other candidates such as Matthew Freckleton and David Levene lagged behind with only 5.5 per cent and 3.3 per cent of the vote, respectively.
David Hansen, who has been termed the ‘joke candidate’ of this election, was least popular, with only 2.2 per cent stating him as their favoured choice for YUSU President.
The survey was conducted amongst students circulating Central Hall on Friday and Saturday evening, before the annual RAG event, Fusion. Considering that most campaign posters have been placed around the Central Hall and Vanbrugh Paradise vicinity, Hutchings commented that it is a “damning indictment of campaigning techniques” that so many students remained unaware of this week’s events.