The American election has received a great deal of attention from all over the world. A
Chinese journalist is interviewing the director
of Committee for the Study of the American Electorate.
A: Ok, as you probably know, the basic alignments of the electorate echoed those of 2000. In general, men, white, rural residents and the religiously observant were backing Bush, while women, minorities, urban dwellers and the less religious were going for Kerry. Among Kerry's success last night was an apparent breakthrough among young voters. º
A: As I said, Bush was forced to content last night with the same racial, geographic and cultural splits that marked his first election. The strategy, which would bring him a solid majority of the electorate, would require: a quick and relatively bloodless war in Iraq, a booming economy with major job growth, a major victory in health care, and an internally divided Democratic Party. º
A: Yes, one voter in five said moral values were the most important issue driving the vote, and almost eight out of ten backed Bush, though terrorism was almost as high in importance, and 85 percent of voters citing this also supported Bush. º
A: Kerry found his strongest support, which is more than 80 percent, among those who named the economy, jobs and the war in Iraq as their most important concerns. What also made him competitive in this race was that he won the voters who wanted change. º
A: The 2000 race was unfolded in the now-distant era of peace and prosperity. The hot controversy didn't involve Bush. This time, by contrast, Bush was the centre of controversy, particularly regarding his reason for going to war with Iraq. º