SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – “Unprecedented,” is a word we’ve heard time and time again to describe the 2016 presidential race.
Radio talk show host Howie Carr told 22News there are several factors that make this year’s race different from the rest, and they include everything from the candidates to the polarization. “Half the country basically thinks the other half the country is crazy for voting for the opponent of their candidate. I’ve never seen the polarization that I see now,” he said.
According to the Pew Research Center, a significant number of people will base their vote off of which candidate they don’t want to see in office, instead of which candidate they do.
Many voters, like Holyoke resident Mary Carol Gorman, are also taking a special interest in the issues at stake. “Economy, I think our American economy is important. I think all of the strife, all of the civil wars’ around the world. I think everybody wants to try and fix it all,” she said.
Carr said for other voters, their decision will likely be based off of national security. “I think they care about their personal security, and they’re also worried about their economic security,” he said.
Social media is also making this year’s election unique. Both candidates are using Twitter, Snapchat, and Facebook to communicate with their voters. Although social media has been around for previous elections, this year, the candidates seem to be using it much more than they have in the past.