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The United States presidential election of 2016

The United States presidential election of 2016, scheduled for Tuesday, November 8, 2016, will be the 58thquadrennial U.S. presidential election. Voters will select presidential electors who in turn will elect a new president andvice president through the Electoral College. The term limits established in the Twenty-second Amendment to the United States Constitution prevents the incumbent, President Barack Obama, from running for a third term.

The series of presidential primary elections and caucuses are scheduled to take place between February and June 2016. This nominating process is also an indirect election, where voters cast ballots for a slate of delegates to a political party’s nominating convention, who then in turn elect their party’s presidential nominee.

Candidates below have been listed in five or more major independent nationwide polls, participated in authorized forums and debates, and are on the ballot in at least four states.

Hillary Clinton

Martin O’Malley

Bernie Sanders

Secretary of State
from New York

Governor of Maryland

U.S. Senator from Vermont







Key election issues of The United States presidential election of 2016


In the 2012 election, the main issue on the minds of the voters was the economy with 92% of likely voters believing the issue to be of high importance.[184] Similarly, the economy remains as the central issue in the 2016 election cycle with 86% of the country believing the issue to be of primary importance.


Furthermore, the Congressional gridlock in Washington, D.C. and the national healthcare system under the Affordable Care Act are main issues for voters with 77% of voters believing the issue to be a high priority.

Foreign policy and terrorism

Due in large part to the terrorist group, ISIS, and other Middle Eastern concerns, voters see terrorism and foreign policy as key issues at 74% and 64% respectively. With the discussion of comprehensive immigration reform and border security, 59% of voters also see immigration as a key issue for the United States.

Police brutality, racial profiling against African Americans

Since the last presidential election cycle, riots and protests in cities, such as Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore Maryland, on violence and racial inequality have occurred as well as the creation of the Black Lives Matter movement, which has led to 55% of voters believing that race relations is a key election issue as well.[185]

Wealth inequality

An issue that has divided Americans see wealth inequality , especially among poorer and liberal populations against conservative and wealthy populations. On average, 63% of all Americans believe that the national wealth should be more fairly distributed, with 52% believing that the wealthiest Americans should be taxed more. 86% of Democrats believe that wealth inequality is a major issue, whereas 34% of Republicans find it to be a major issue. Another factor is household income, as those who make at least $75,000 (54%) are considerably less likely than those with incomes below $30,000 (74%) to agree that wealth should be more evenly distributed. However, the general American attitude on wealth inequality varies little by age, as each age bracket has a major in favor of addressing and redistributing wealth.[186]

Climate change

Some issues that have caused a divide among conservative and progressive voters include climate change, which on average, 56% of the country believes is an issue. However, among young voters, 70% believe climate change is a crucial issue. Whereas about 83% of progressive see climate change as an issue, as opposed to 38% of conservatives.