ASUC approval


Each academic year sees a new set of ASUC executives and senators, providing each new student government with the opportunity to prioritize initiatives different from those of their predecessors.

Candidates sometimes have very ambitious platforms — none more ambitious than SQUELCH! satirical presidential candidate Jake “The First” Fineman’s plan to abolish the student government in favor of a feudal system. Most candidates, however, are serious about their goals, and we wanted to find out if voters believe in their representatives’ abilities to follow through on these promises.

The ASUC Senate votes on measures related to student life, in addition to issues of national and international concern. We tried to gauge whether students think the current ASUC focuses too much on one area at the expense of the other.

We were also interested in the student body’s trust in their elected representatives. This page presents our findings related to voters’ trust and approval of their student government.


Q1.15   Do you think the candidates you voted for will carry out at least half of their promised platforms?

ASUC involvement

More than half of all respondents said they thought the candidates for whom they voted would carry out at least half of their promised platforms, though those who indicated they were or had been involved with the ASUC were more likely to make that claim.

Year

Though the percentage of individuals indicating their confidence in the candidates for whom they voted didn’t vary greatly by class level, seniors were less likely than the average respondent to think that their candidates would carry out at least half of their promised platforms.

Party

CalSERVE’s constituents were more likely to think that the candidates for whom they voted would carry out at least half of their promised platforms than the constituencies of Student Action or SQUELCH!, with a difference of more than 15 percentage points.


Q2.8   Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? The ASUC is representative of the student body.

ASUC involvement

Respondents who said they were involved or had been involved in the ASUC were more likely to think that the ASUC is representative of the student body, with a margin of 20 percentage points.


Q2.7   Do you think the ASUC should shift its attention toward:

ASUC involvement

An overwhelming majority of students thought the ASUC should shift its attention toward campus issues, though those who were or had been involved in the ASUC were more likely to believe that neither campus nor external issues needed to be given more attention.


Q2.3   How much of the time can you trust each of the following to do what is right?

ASUC executives

Students who said they were involved or had been involved in the ASUC said they trusted ASUC executives to do what is right slightly more than students who did not report involvement in student government.

ASUC Senate

Students who said they were involved or had been involved in the ASUC said they trusted the ASUC Senate to do what is right slightly less than students who did not report involvement in student government.