Sunday, November 6, 2016

Approaching the U.S. Presidential Election - and Beyond

  • From Oct. 20 to 25, the Pew Research Center surveyed 2,583 adults about the U.S. presidential election.  Findings included: is the U.S. Presidential candidate 
  • patriotic” - Clinton (61%), Trump (61%), 
  • “a strong leader” – Clinton (52%), Trump (46%), 
  • has “poor judgement” – Clinton (56%), Trump (65%),
  • hard to like” - Clinton (59%), Trump (70%), 
  • has “respect for democratic institutions” Clinton (63%), Trump (43%).
  • Is the Republican party united (17%), 
  • is the Democratic party united (58%).
  • Singer Sheryl Crow, in her petition “Shorten the US Presidential Election Cycle” said, “By the time Americans go to the polls on November 8th, this Presidential campaign will have run over 600 days, kicking off with Ted Cruz’s announcement in March of 2015. This election cycle has been extremely damaging and has incited fear and hatred in a country founded on the beauty of our differences and the desire to lift each person, no matter race, religion, political party, or economic status, to reach his or her fullest potential. Countries across the globe have limited campaign seasons to as short as 6 weeks …  The American people have been extremely disrespected in this campaign season with the ugliness that pits us against each other and with nonsense and fear-mongering … We cannot sustain another lengthy slugfest like what we have witnessed for the past two years … “
  • Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, speaking at the Heritage Foundation said, "This city [Washington, DC] is broken in some ways. At some point, we are going to have to recognize that we are destroying our institutions … [members of the government] aren't thinking things through … We have decided rather than confront disagreements and the differences of opinion, we will simply annihilate the person who disagrees.” 

  • It is easy to understand that an election cycle with 1) a protracted length of campaigning , 2) record levels of spending, 3) many surprising twists and turns, 4) concerns about FBI actions and 5) one too many Weiners - has resulted in voter anxiety and fatigue.
  • As the world looks on at the outcome of the vote, hopefully the road ahead is more constructive and less divisive.

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