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Presidents 121219 Sun Times

Presidential Decisions:

A Q&A with Citizens About What Key Issues Matter Most in The Next Election


By Austin Torres


On November 2nd, 2020 our country will collectively vote on the next President of the United States of America. While many Republicans expect to see President Trump back in office, the Democratic Party is also hoping to place one of their own presidential hopefuls in the Oval Office. The last presidential election was a tight one, and saw the explosive emergence of President Trump who defeated rival Hilary Clinton and assumed office on January 20th, 2017.

As Election Day draws nearer, and the democratic debates continue to unfold, key issues such as the economy, health care, taxation, national security, as well as others are on every voters’ mind. We wanted to know what are some of the most important issues to voters.

To get some answers, we interviewed local citizens of different ages working in varying industries to find out what mattered most to them in this upcoming election and whether or not their lives have improved since the last election. While several of the younger prospective voters seemed to be more concerned with climate change as well as social issues, older prospective voters were most concerned with the state of the economy as well as taxation.

While some felt as though the presidency had little to no effect on their lives, there were some who felt it had positively affected them, while others conversely felt it had negatively affected them.

To protect the privacy of the interviewed we have chosen to only include their initials, age, position and or industry, that they are employed in.

P.C. 26, Marketing Coordinator

- What is the most important issue to you in the next Presidential Election? Climate change. While universal heath care applies to those living exclusively in the US, climate change pertains to all of humanity and I think that it is the issue from which all others stem. You can’t have good health without clean water and clean air.

- Are your better off now than you were prior to the last Presidential election, and will that affect your vote? Personally, I’m fine. I don’t feel as though the current presidents’ policies have affected me. Friends of mine and family members who were DACA recipients are living now in insecurity. My brother has Obama care and that’s been gutted. The wealth tax and tariffs have crippled the economy and made things worse for the middle and lower income citizens population.

M.G. 61, Broker

- What is the most important issue to you in the next Presidential Election? The economy. I want it to continue to stay strong with interest rates remaining low to moderate. My philosophy is that if the economy is good, then generally, good things follow in terms of the country.

- Are your better off now than prior to the last Presidential election, and will that affect your vote? Of course it affects my vote, because I want to have a presidency that continues to maintain factors that I think are critical to my particular industry and career. The main factors I look at are the overall economy, and consumer confidence, which is an important factor with respect to who becomes president. When consumer confidence is down people tend to make less investments. I am doing better than I was the prior presidency. The presidency is less important to me than those factors, but those factors are also influenced by the presidency.

A.A. 21, Teaching Assistant

- What is the most important issue to you in the next Presidential Election? Immigration and foreign policy. Immigration is the most important, but I’d also place education right up there.

- Are your better off now than you were prior to the last Presidential election, and will that affect your vote? Yes, because the last presidential election I couldn’t vote because I was too young. This is the first presidential election I’ll be able to vote in. I’m also more politically aware now then I was before, and I will be able to make a more informed decision.

S.Z. Police Officer 25

- What is the most important issue to you in the next Presidential Election? Gun rights and civil liberties. I want to be sure my civil liberties are not impeded in the name of “sensible gun control” or by some feel good policy from the Democratic party that has no actual solution.

- Are your better off now than you were prior to the last Presidential election, and will that affect your vote? I think that because of the last election I'm far more politically conscious and informed, so yes.

A.B. 27, Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)

- What is the most important issue to you in the next Presidential Election? Climate change.

- Are your better off now than you were prior to the last Presidential election, and will that affect your vote? It hasn’t affected me in any particular way. But I think it has affected those who have been trying to get their documentation or citizenship here.

R.D. 49, Business Owner

- What is the most important issue to you in the next Presidential Election? The economy. Currently it’s going strong, so I would like for it to continue to going that way. As a business owner that is very important me.

- Are your better off now than you were prior to the last Presidential election, and will that affect your vote? Yes I am doing better, and no it won’t. I will vote republican regardless. The reason being, because I’m doing far better now than I was when Obama was in office. Besides the economy, the safety of the country is also important me. I feel as though the democrats will not keep us safe and will not do a good job of running the economy.


R.V. 30, IT Business Process Manager

- What is the most important issue to you in the next Presidential Election? The most important issues for me are immigration, healthcare, and equal rights.

- Are your better off now than prior to the last Presidential election, and will that affect your vote? No, I’m not and yes, it will. I work in the automotive industry and because of the tariffs and all of the issues regarding nationalism there has been a lot of difficulties regarding my career because at any point they will be cutting jobs to mitigate all of the additional costs that have been coming up due to the current president. I work at one of the only automotive companies that has not yet cut at least 20% of their work force. I believe in the next presidential election we’re going to have to mend a lot of the tears that have been made in the country, and I hope people realize the power they have in regards to their vote and their voices.

C.D. 35, Advertising & Sales

- What is the most important issue to you in the next Presidential Election? Reduction of taxes to boost the economy. I think they're taking way too many taxes and I don't see where they’re going.

- Are your better off now than you were prior to the last Presidential election, and will that affect your vote? I sure am. I’m better off financially and in terms of benefits as well. It will absolutely affect my vote, I used to be a democrat but now I will be voting republican. I think the President has helped out with finances and has given out far more benefits as far as healthcare.

Regardless of the party you will be voting for, some of these issues, if not all, may be of significant importance to you. Whether your biggest concern in the upcoming election is the state of the economy, gun rights, climate change, or immigration we hope that you all stay involved and up to date on pertinent information as we come closer to Election Day. We also hope to see you at your local precincts casting your vote next year.


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