The Pulse: US Election special.

6th November 2012

The Pulse: US Election special.

Election day has arrived! After months of campaigning for Barack Obama and Mitt Romney voting has begun and the polls are suggesting a very close contest.

Despite the excitement surrounding the election you may be lost in mountains of polls and predictions but The Pulse is here to help. Here’s our guide to the ins and outs of the American election.

Four issues control this election; The economy, Social issues, Healthcare and Foreign Policy and we unpicked each of these. The most prominent of these issues is the economy. Genie told us about the history of the american economy and how important it is this election:

We discussed the importance of the economy and the candidates plans with Laura Theobald, from Tucson, Arizona who is studying at the University of Nottingham.

Domestic issues are perhaps underestimated but with such stark differences between the candidates on gay marriage, abortion, and immigration it has been brought to the forefront of this year’s election. Emma told us all about the social issues playing a part in 2012.

We discussed the social issues that are most controversial with Greg Eichhorn, a student at the University of Nottingham but originally form Connecticut in the US, who chose his vote on these matters. He talked to us about how religion and women’s issues afect voting.

We also discussed the influence of immigration and race on the election.

Healthcare has been more controversial than any other part of Obama’s presidency. Jessie’s guide to healthcare clears things up.

We were joined on the phone by Dr Graham McAleer a lecturer of philiosophy in Maryland. He discussed the difference between the British and American outlook on healthcare and explained why it is so controversial in this election.

Foreign policy is the main way we, here in Britain, are affected by the election. Miranda found out how the foreign policy of Romney and Obama will affect us. She also told us how this issue is not so vital to voters.

Greg from Connecticut joined us again to discuss how much foreign policy concerns an average voter.

With the reults looming, we asked Maria Ryan from the American studies department here at the University of Nottingham her prediction for the election results.

After speaking to students on campus it was clear that not many know what Mitt Romney stands for and do not feel he has any chance of winning despite the tightening polls in America and the clear support he has in his own country. Obama seems to be the most popular candidate amongst students at the University of Nottingham.

Leave us your thoughts on who wins the election in the comments below.