The Trump Paradox?

October 27, 2020

In Brief

With the U.S. presidential election just around the corner, we would like to offer some insights into what might be the most important election in modern history. Our objective is not to contribute to the plethora of horserace polling that is already out there. Rather, our goal here is to offer perspective on the underlying forces affecting this election.

The situation in the U.S. looks rather grim. The economy (notwithstanding stock markets) is in horrific shape. Trust in the U.S. government is reaching a historical nadir; just one in six Americans trust their government to do what is right most or all of the time (by comparison, 41 per cent of Canadians express a high degree of trust in their government). Furthermore, just one in three Americans say their government is headed in the right direction (compared to six in ten Canadians).

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