The 2016 presidential campaign was one of the most contentious in modern history, pitting Sanders fans against Clinton fans, Trump fans against fans of all the other GOP candidates, and ultimately, Clinton fans against Trump fans, in a final throw down.
After the election was decided, it didn’t get any better. If anything, it got worse.
A Gallup poll, conducted November 9-13, found that more than three in four Americans — a record number — perceived America as a divided nation.Source: Gallup
Two Americas. The New York Times decided to visualize those two Americas in separate maps — one illustrating “Trump’s America,” the other, “Clinton’s America.”
The NYT described “Trump’s America.”
Source: New York Times
Geographically, Donald J. Trump won most of the land area of the United States. A country consisting of areas he won retains more than 80 percent of the nation’s counties.
While Trump country is vast, its edges have been eroded by coastal Democrats, and it is riddled with large inland lakes of Clinton voters who were generally concentrated in dense urban areas.
And “Clinton’s America.”
Source: New York Times
Hillary Clinton overwhelmingly won the cities, like Los Angeles, Chicago and New York City, but Mr. Trump won many of the suburbs, isolating the cities in a sea of Republican voters.
Mrs. Clinton’s island nation has large atolls and small island chains with liberal cores, like college towns, Native American reservations and areas with black and Hispanic majorities.
While the land area is small, the residents here voted for Mrs. Clinton in large enough numbers to make her the winner of the overall popular vote.
They threw in a few statistics, to spice up the story.
- Trump’s America: 85% of land area, 3,000,000 square miles
- Clinton’s America: 15% of land area, 530,000 square miles
- Trump’s America: population: 148 million
- Clinton’s America: population: 174 million
- Trump’s America: popular vote: 49.5%, 61.0 million
- Clinton’s America: popular vote, 50.5%, 62.1 million
Interestingly, they failed to include the Electoral College vote totals.Source: Business Insider/Andy Kiersz/Skye Gould
As was the case with the 2000 “hanging chads” election between George W. Bush and Al Gore, the debate between Democrats and Republicans over who “won” the 2016 election will most likely continue for years to come.
Meanwhile, America remains as divided as ever.