Results for - Can A Young, Openly Gay Man Possibly Win The U.S. Presidency?
2,301 voters participated in this survey
1. Many feel that in order to beat Trump in this coming U.S. election, the Democrats have to come up with a leader that offers something different. After all, Trump was elected, for the most part, because people were fed up with the career politicians, the way Washington seemed to work, and wanted someone totally different. Electing someone who had no previous political experience, who promised to "drain the swamp" seemed to some the way to go, and Trump was elected. In order to stop him from getting a second term, the Democrats need to offer America someone who is equally as different, something they just may be able to do, in the form of one former South Bend, Indiana Mayor, Pete Buttigieg. Have you heard about this Democratic hopeful?
2. After the surprise results of the Iowa caucuses — in which Pete Buttigieg, tied with polling favorite Sen. Bernie Sanders, each pulling in a little over 25% of the vote, Buttigieg seems to be a bit of an uphill climb. This could be the classic David vs. Goliath story — and remember, in the early days of the Trump run for head of the Republican party, many felt he was a long shot too. Do you think, even if you don't vote Democrat or even if you are Canadian, that this man does have a fighting chance?
3. He does have a tough battle ahead of him. Some feel that no way is America ready to have an openly gay President and at 37, Buttigieg is barely old enough to run for the White House (the Constitution sets a minimum age of 35 to be elected president). Others have cited his lacklustre performance as Mayor of South Bend, and recently, some of his earlier missteps as Mayor have been brought to light. But all these negatives could actually work in his favour -- as a gay man, he has faced bullying all his adult life, so who better to stand up to Trump's tactics. He also has a welcoming take on inclusiveness. His age, although young, could be thought as an advantage, as the leading candidates are older ( Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren would be the oldest presidents ever on their first Inauguration Day if elected, at ages 78, 79, and 71, respectively), and lack his vitality, exuberance and most of all, his optimistic and fresh views. Plus, he could appeal to the younger voters, and maybe get them out to vote in this election. And above all, he admits he has made mistakes, and is willing to own them, and apologize for them, and most importantly, learn from them...something very refreshing in this day and age. Do you see any of these "disadvantages" as advantages in his run for Democratic presidential candidate?
I see all as advantages
I see all as only disadvantages
His biggest disadvantage is being gay
His biggest disadvantage is being young
Not familiar with him
His experience is his biggest disadvantage
4. This Democratic race seems to be a bit of the "old" versus "new" candidates, with the old ones being those like Sanders, Biden and Warren and the new ones being those like Buttigieg, Tulsi Gabbard (38) and Andrew Yang (44). Do you think youth can win over experience this time?
Only if the younger voters back the younger candidates and get out and vote
02/13/2020 Politics 2301 147 By: Harriet56