martes, 8 de noviembre de 2016

MercatorNet: It’s almost all over! | MercatorNet

It’s almost all over!

It’s almost all over!

This blog can't escape that election...
Marcus Roberts | Nov 8 2016 | comment 

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last few months, then you are aware that tomorrow the USA goes to the polls to elect its President for 2017-2021. (If you have been living under a rock, then why didn't you tell the rest of us! I'm sure most of us would have preferred to live with worms and slaters than watch the creepy crawlies of the current US political scene...)
Anyway, we at Demography is Destiny could not avoid the unavoidable for any longer. We must weigh-in with our two cents on the fight of the century – the Creep vs the Crook! 
The UK's Daily Telegraph has analysed the poll support of the two candidates and broken it down by certain demographic criteria. If accurate and carried through to Election Day, this analysis shows that there are some deep divides in American society.
First, according to ethnicity Trump is beating Clinton among Whites (by about 20%) but Blacks are almost universally Democrat, while less than 20% of Hispanics are planning to vote Republican.
When it comes down to the sexual divide, then Trump is more popular with men than with women. Currently Trump has the support of 15% more men than Clinton and she has the support of women by roughly the same margin. (In 2012, Romney won by 6% over Obama in men, but lost by 14% among women.)
According to age, Trump is more popular with older sections of society. This could perhaps be an advantage since generally older voters are more likely to vote. And that is the great question about this election – who will actually vote? Will the polls translate into votes?
Finally, the Telegraph looks at the popularity of the candidates according to educational attainment. Generally Trump is more popular than Clinton among those who did not attend college, and interestingly with those who attended some college but did not graduate. Clinton is much more popular with those who are college graduates and post-graduates.
In short, the whiter, less educated, older and more male you are, the more likely you are to vote for the orange one. The more educated, younger, more female and less white you are, the more likely you are to vote for the one who should be in an orange jumpsuit. 
For what it’s worth, I predict either that the polls are correct and Clinton wins by about 3% nationwide but quite comprehensively in the electoral college votes (getting perhaps similar to what Obama got in 2012). Alternatively, the polls are completely wrong and underestimate Trump's fired-up support base and overestimate Clinton's under-enthused supporters. Trump wins by 4-5% and in an Electoral College landslide. Either that, or Evan McMullin become President.

Tuesday is almost over in Sydney, but in the United States it has barely begun. Voters in the tiny New Hampshire town of Dixville Notch sent encouraging news to Hillary Clinton. Four of its eight voters backed her; two backed Donald Trump, one the Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, and one Mitt Romney (a write-in). But there are many hours to go before the polls close in Hawaii. 
Two years ago, most of us thought that this would be an expensive but lacklustre contest between Mrs Clinton (who else?) and a conventional GOP stalwart. But voters ignored the professional politicians and chose the extraordinary figure of Trump. Why? Journalists, historians and sociologists will be asking that question for years to come. Has the United States really changed or was this bitter, spiteful, emotion-driven campaign an anomaly?
In a very insightful analysis, MercatorNet's deputy editor, Carolyn Moynihan says No. The election reflects the dynamics of the changing American family, she argues. How could one possibly think that shrinking the basic cell of society and trashing marriage would leave politics unaffected? 

Michael Cook 

After the family, what?
By Carolyn Moynihan
Why we have a political crisis and how to solve it.
Read the full article
It’s almost all over!
By Marcus Roberts
This blog can't escape that election...
Read the full article
The hand on the button
By William Stearman
Why a conservative Republican is voting for Hillary Clinton
Read the full article
On the eve of the election
By Sheila Liaugminas
Talk is bubbling up about potential legal challenges over results.
Read the full article
Christian racism? Election years bring dangerous creatures from the shadows
By Denyse O'Leary
The alt-right is peddling some bizarre theories
Read the full article
The myth of the disappearing book
By Andrea Ballatore and Simone Natale
E-book sales are beginning to fall.
Read the full article
The overwhelming power of small things
By Karl D. Stephan
Household devices connected to the internet are responsible for a gigantic attack on major websites
Read the full article
The overlooked fatherless: one donor-conceived woman’s story
By Alana S. Newman
Children need to know and be known by their natural mother and father.
Read the full article
Powerful financial interests involved in UK pre-natal testing
By Peter Saunders
90% of Down syndrome babies are aborted. A new test will increase this.
Read the full article
Conversations unplugged
By Juliana Weber
We have to learn again how to talk to one another, says Sherry Turkle.
Read the full article
Births outside marriage decline in U.S.
By Shannon Roberts
The trend is largely due to higher immigrant births.
Read the full article

MERCATORNET | New Media Foundation 
Suite 12A, Level 2, 5 George Street, North Strathfied NSW 2137, Australia 

Designed by elleston
New Media Foundation | Suite 12A, Level 2, 5 George St | North Strathfield NSW 2137 | AUSTRALIA | +61 2 8005 8605

No hay comentarios: