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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Letter from America: Election watch In a hall of mirrors

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Print edition : October 14, 2016 |
Letter from America: Election watch
In a hall of mirrors

No significant issues drive the campaign. No one is seriously entertaining the questions that bother ordinary Americans. The haste to drop ballots into the boxes on election day should not be mistaken for enthusiasm; it is a sign of frustration.


THE AMERICAN ELECTORATE GOES TO THE polls in November to elect the next President of the United States. To be fair, a little more than half of the eligible U.S. population votes in presidential elections—57.5 per cent in 2012. The rest of the voters do not bother. They either find it too onerous to get to the polling booths (the election is conducted on a workday) or they simply do not find the choices vibrant enough. This election is not an ordinary election. The two candidates are the most hated people to run for the U.S. presidency. Polling data show that the two of them, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, are running very close to each other. What seems to drive voters to the candidates is not enthusiasm for them but dislike of the opponent.

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