Just about the only talked-about topic this month was the 2016 US Presidential Election. Whether you like, hate or don’t care about the results, you are sure to have commented on them at one point or another. This thread on MUNPlanet got 185 responses in a matter of few days. Our international community has voiced its opinion, and we are presenting you with the results.
As an overall trend, it can be seen that less than one fifth of the respondents were in favour of Trump winning, while the majority were either against or undecided, but willing to give him a chance. About 16.2 percent (30) of the people were in favour of Trump winning. Undecided was a very frequent response at 41.4 percent (77), while those who didn’t approve of his election stood strong at 42.4 percent (78).
Let’s start with Trump’s supporters. Or better yet, not-Clinton supporters, since the majority of people that gave him support said they did so because he is not Hillary. Furthermore, people welcomed the news of his victory because they think that he will change the foreign policy, and focus on domestic politics, instead of creating more conflicts in the world while there were also those that back Trump up because of his promise to concentrate on economy instead of politics, and that is something he should be good at. Finally, a few people thought that the things he said in the campaign were all for show, and that he won’t actually do them.
In contrast, the majority of MUNPlanet members were shocked and disappointed by the fact that Donald Trump is elected president of the United States. They are hurt by the fact that the US, one of the most powerful countries in the world, voted someone who, during the presidential campaign exhibited racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic rhetoric. Some blamed it on the people that didn’t vote because they thought that Hillary Clinton had already won. Others said that they felt disappointed, uncertain and concerned for the future, even though they didn’t support Hillary either - “elections should be pro-somebody or something, not against”. Lastly, there were some that were more dramatic calling this the result of the “broken US political system”, “the beginning of the end of the egalitarian democratic world order“ and even the beginning of the “third World War”.
The second biggest group were the undecided - people that didn’t care, disliked both options, or gave their views on why they think Trump won. There were individuals that didn’t find it surprising, praising the effective marketing and media campaign strategies. Others said that the reason for his win was that “the Democratic party establishment didn't want to change, they were punished and defeated on all fronts, and that is exactly what happens when you don't listen to your voters. He didn't win, she lost.” A few people credited the election results to the fact that people at least know what they can expect from Trump, while Hillary Clinton is seen as a part of the establishment. The other opinions include that Americans are tired of politicians only interested in foreign policies. A concept called populism, which is basically when a politician tells the people all that they want to hear, was also mentioned. A group of people didn’t care at all, stating that they are both awful. A few are worried about the minorities, while others are willing to give him a chance. Ultimately, there were those who tried to tone down the gravity of the situation, and point to the inevitability of the outcome expressed in a democratic election process.
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