Barak Obama won a second term, after enduring opinion polls on the last two days predicting a neck and neck race. It goes to show that in the end the voter is split down the middle, with expectations to match. The enormous cost of the election means that the loser will have placed a massive gamble and lost. The donors gave only a portion of their wealth and therefore are generally not the most to disgruntled by backing the loser. It is the party workers on the losing side who will be feeling it the most, not the fundraisers who I bet also helped the winning side, but who are unwilling to admit publicly.
Here are some preliminary findings:
1 Obama wins with 55% of the women’s vote to 45% of the men's!
2 60% of the 18-29 yr olds who account for 19% of those who voted and only 44% of 65 yr and older who account for 16% of those who voted.
3 Obama whilst receiving 62% of the Urban, only got only 39% of the rural vote.
These three facts in on itself does not create a picture, but it is worthy to ponder on what type of person was attracted to each candidate, and which perhaps also says something about the split between likely Republican and Democratic voters. I did not see any breakdown between religious groupings except to say that 80% of all Americans profess some kind of Christian ethic.
Obama-care the health care system was the main item that Obama will be remembered for in his first administration if one discounts the appalling state of the economy he inherited, and which he has still not totally managed to solve.
Older people who are beneficiaries of Medicare, the state subsidized health care system, obviously are not the most enthusiastic about ensuring health coverage for all despite they benefiting anyway due to their age. That is a selfish attitude that concerns all Americans, who are in fear of getting ill, as they are worried that they could lose all their wealth if sickness/illness strikes.
It is therefore left for us to ponder and wonder how the next four years of the Obama administration will differ from the first, as he can now be bold, not needing to be popular and instead act directly in the interests of the Nation, altruistically.