American voters are grumpy, even angry with the politics that has been served up to them in recent years. Trump and Sanders prospered over the rest, who are seen as representing politics as they know it. Here are the results:
Many are hoping that Trump’s victory marks a high water mark. Around 65% of Republicans want someone else. But only Christie and Fiorina have dropped out, leaving Kasich, Cruz, Bush and Rubio to fight for second place. Unless their vote is consolidated onto one person there’s a good chance Trump will win.
Sanders thumped Clinton, putting real fear into the Clinton camp. He won every demographic, except the old and the rich. The under 30s went for Sanders 83%. Women preferred Sanders 55 to 44.
NPR identified 5 Things That Explain The Results. Clearly Hillary Clinton has a problem with women. Intrerventions by Gloria Steinem and Madeleine Albright were unhelpful:
- Campaigning with Clinton on Saturday, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright thundered, “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other!” — a phrase she has used before, but one that was specifically targeted at younger female voters who were wooed by Sanders. Feminist leader Gloria Steinem also stirred controversy when she suggested last week that younger women were supporting Sanders just so they could meet boys.
Tim Dunlop feels that the choice between pragmatism and principle could have lessons for Australian politics.
Daryl McCann sees New Hampshire as a triumph of emotion over reason.
- Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump might be the most vibrant performers in this political theatre, but they are also the most dangerous.
John Barron points out that candidates that don’t win in New Hampshire have often gone on to win the race.
Anthony J. Gaughan provides an intelligent commentary at The Conversation, and looks forward to the next contest, for the Republicans it’s South Carolina and the Democrats Nevada. Trump has a clear lead in the polls. Nevada in less predictable. He sees polarisation as a leading feature of the campaign as the US becomes more fractured and divided.
There is a mood amongst active Democrats that they want to take back their party from the pragmatic centrists. But would the majority of Americans vote for a socialist?
The Washington Post publishes a Gallup Poll that says “no”. Eleven characteristics were listed. 93% would vote for a Catholic, 60% for a Muslim, 58% for an atheist, but only 47% for a socialist, whereas 50% say they would not.
But then would 50% vote for Donald Trump? I think not.