As they awaited the results of a bitter, nasty presidential election between two historically disliked candidates, 200 local voters responding to Reporter Newspapers’ latest 1Q cellphone survey were hesitant about whether the country could heal from the political battle.
The survey was taken on Election Day, shortly before Republican Donald Trump was declared the winner over Democrat Hillary Clinton. Only 48 percent of respondents said they were sure the country could heal from the divisive election, whoever the winner turned out to be, while 35 percent were unsure and 18 percent said no.
“I mean, I don’t think this campaign is going to end the country, so in that sense, yes, we will heal. Definitely will leave a scar, though,” said one respondent.
“Too many things were said that cannot be taken back,” said another.
In political affiliation, 32 percent of respondents were Democrats, 25.5 percent Republicans, and the rest identifying as independent or “other.” In age categories, 55 percent were 25 to 34.
What some other respondents had to say:
“It’s always bad. It always gets better.”
“I think both candidates were pushed to extremes of their parties and now there will be a lot of people dissatisfied with either presidential candidate as their new president. It felt like a lose-lose situation and it will take a long time for Republicans to get over ‘deplorables’ and Democrats to get over Trump’s boastful racism.”
“We are a united country, and though this campaign has divided our people on some issues, we will remain united in our belief of a free and just nation.”
“I don’t trust that we will have the leadership necessary for healing as a country.”
“If we see action on improving the economy, we will be able to heal because the people want to see action and are tired of just the words.”
“I believe the country will heal, but it will take time. It may also take a crisis for us to come back together. The tone of the campaign was deplorable and at some points made me ashamed to be a citizen of this country.”
Reporter Newspapers also asked some local residents on the street what the new president could do to heal the nation, with the advice trending toward lowering their egos and focusing on the people’s business.