It almost here, American election campaign rolls into its final weekend before Tuesday’s vote, America votes on its 45th President, with Hillary Clinton’s polling lead over Donald Trump having narrowed significantly in recent days.
Although Hillary Clinton remains the favourite to become the next U.S. president. It is imperative to note that her edge over Donald Trump is narrow but her recent decline in the polls seems to have halted. In other words the margin she enjoys over the Republican nominee remains small enough that it could be overturned over these final days.
As of Friday’s Presidential Poll Tracker update, Clinton has the support of 47.4 per cent of decided voters, compared to 44.5 per cent for Trump. That margin of 2.9 points is far more comfortable than the 1.9-point margin she had in the polls at the beginning of this week.
Clinton and Trump are making their final arguments to American voters, crisscrossing the U.S. in hopes of convincing last-minute undecided voters and rallying their bases to turn out enthusiastically on election day. On this note, we have mapped out each candidate’s road to the White House, providing you with a voter’s guide to help you make a better choice because the growth of the country as well as that of the world depends on it.
Firstly it’s is important to ask,How does the presidential election work?
As Telegraph has analysed, each of the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, has a certain amount of electoral college votes to award a candidate, based on the number of members of Congress it has. This is roughly in line with each area’s population. Except in Maine and Nebraska, the votes are given on a winner-takes-all basis.
This system matters, as the popular vote is less important than the electoral college vote. Clinton’s campaign should be buoyed by big Democratic states such as New York, New Jersey, Illinois and California, and these populous states could lead her to victory with their large number of electoral college votes.
For example, in 2008, Barack Obama won 53 per cent of the vote – but this led to 68 per cent of the electoral college vote. Such highly populated states played a large role when they backed the current president.
Just as IBT has analysed, we’ll be judging the two candidates based on top issues in the country such as Trade,Immigration,Abortion, Taxes,Gun rights, Syria and ISIS.
On TRADE, Once a staunch advocate of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Clinton has now turned against the TPP and the Central America Free Trade Agreement, in line with popular opinion. “We have to trade with the rest of the world,” she said during a primary debate in February. “But we have failed to provide the basic safety net support that American workers need in order to be able to compete and win in the global economy.”
While the Republicans have traditionally been linked to free trade, Trump has adopted a policy that he says will protect the U.S. industry. Opposed to the TPP and NAFTA, he seeks to put the country’s economy above international cooperation and has also accused partners like Mexico and China of unfair trade practices.
Speaking on Taxes, Clinton has been repeatedly been criticized for her alleged special relations with the Wall Street, has said that the wealthiest sections of the country pay too little in taxes, leaving the middle class to bear the brunt of taxation. Vowing to fix this discrepancy, Clinton says she will close corporate tax loopholes and provide tax relief to working families.
“Hard working, middle-class families need a raise, not a tax increase,” Clinton said during a Democratic debate, attempting to achieve her goals “without raising the debt, without raising taxes on the middle class.”
Trump’s policy on taxes is in line with his background as a businessman. He has said he will “eliminate job-killing regulations” and “have massive tax reform and simplification” by reducing the number of tax brackets from seven to three, and cutting corporate tax. According to a Tax Foundation analysis, the top 1 percent of earners would see an increase in their income by double digits under his plan. The 25 percent at the bottom could get a less than 2 percent increase.
Trump has admitted: “I try and pay as little tax as possible, because I hate what they do with my tax money. I hate the way they spend our money.”
Furthermore, on the case of Legalizing Abortion or not, Clinton, in line with the Democratic Party’s view on abortion, believes that politicians have no business interfering with a woman’s decision when it comes to health. Vehemently against efforts to ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, she backs Planned Parenthood and women’s rights to avail access to safe, legal abortion.
Also Clinton has been criticized for some foreign policy decisions during her time as the secretary of state but during her campaign, she has maintained that the safety of the nation is paramount. She has emphasized on maintaining the country’s military prowess along with the strengthening of alliances to defeat the threat of the Islamic State group.
“We and our allies must work hand in hand to dismantle the networks that move money and propaganda and arms and fighters across the world,” Clintonsaid at a rally in Cleveland.
Trump’s foreign policy has been centered on “Making America Safe Again,” especially targeting radical Islamic terrorist groups. Seeking better relations with Russia, Trump may be at odds with the U.S. position with regards to the NATO.
On IMMIGRATION ,Clinton has pledged to formulate a new immigration legislation during her first 100 days in office. She said she wants to make it easier for undocumented immigrants to qualify for citizenship, using executive action to protect undocumented immigrants and their families from deportation.
“Let’s take on the challenge of systemic racism, invest in communities of color and finally pass comprehensive immigration reform,” Clinton told a crowd of supporters in Manhattan.
Trump has said he strongly believes in prioritizing the interests of Americans. Calling for a wall to be built along the Mexican border, he has faced considerable flak for spreading hate. Trump wants to send “criminal aliens” home. He says he would welcome those immigrants who are able to embrace the American way of life. Trump has also repeatedly targeted Muslims.
“We’re going to build the wall, and we’re going to stop it. It’s going to end,” he said at a campaign stop in March, referring to illegal immigration.
Additionally on Gun rights and In the face of mass shootings that have marred the U.S., Clinton has called for tighter background checks while purchasing weapons and a ban on assault weapons. However, she maintains that the citizens will not be deprived of their Second Amendment rights if she is in the White House.
Trump is an outright supporter of gun laws and has said that people with guns could have diffused the situation in many of the mass shootings. He has repeatedly claimed that Clinton would attempt to affect the Second Amendment.
“The right of self-defense doesn’t stop at the end of your driveway. That’s why I have a concealed carry permit and why tens of millions of Americans do too. That permit should be valid in all 50 states,” he wrote in a position paper hereleased in September.
“Democrats want to confiscate all guns, which is a dumb idea because only the law-abiding citizens would turn in their guns and the bad guys would be the only ones left armed,” Trump wrote in a book in 2000.
The fact remains that nobody can tell you who you should or should not vote for. If I were to tell you, Don’t listen to someone arguing in favour of any candidate. If you want to know who to listen to, listen to Trump, listen to Clinton. And then make your own choice.
Good luck To Both Candidates!