Earlier this year I made a meme highlighting how 81-92% of US citizens say they disapprove of their government over the years, but only 40% of eligible voters usually cast a vote in mid-term elections. Granted the numbers are a little bit higher for Presidential elections, no one is impressed with these figures either – I’ll break those down for you momentarily.
By the end of the the 2016 US primary season, only 9% of the US population cast a vote to nominate Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to officially run for President. As reported by The New York Times, a mere 5% of the US population choose Trump for the Republicans and 4% of the US population choose Clinton for the Democrats.
US Presidential Election
According to the data 42.9% of all eligible voters in the United States chose not to cast a vote in the Presidential election of 2016, rather than vote for any one of Americas next “leaders” – at least the candidates presented for them to “choose” from.
For some perspective on those figures, of the people who did choose to vote, 61,047,207 (25.6%) of the population voted for Hillary Clinton and 60,375,961 (25.5%) of the population voted for Donald Trump. However, due to Electoral College traditions, Trump was awarded the Presidency.
Fun Fact of The Day
If not for the Electoral College the last 4 Presidential administrations of the United States would have been won by the Democrats – at least if we were going by the popular vote of the country. We had Bill Clinton in the in the 90’s, then we had President Bush – even though Al Gore won the Majority Vote – then we had Obama, now we will have Trump – even though Hillary Clinton won the majority vote.
Rather than have one Party sweeping the Presidency, the “Electoral College” has split the administrations 2 for the Democrats and 2 for the Republicans. If that fact makes you angry then definitely do not look up how “gerrymandering” has also helped Republicans win various state elections.
Democracy: noun, plural democracies.
1. the class of wage earners, especially those who earn their living by manual labor or who are dependent for support on daily or casual employment; the working class.
2.(in Marxist theory) the class of workers, especially industrial wage earners, who do not possess capital or property and must sell their labor to survive.
3. the lowest or poorest class of people, possessing no property, especially in ancient Rome.
Pop Quiz, which “noun” best represents the USA?
Hint, it’s Oligarchy…..
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