Where Do We Go from Here?

Megg Vaughn, Reporter

Whether or not you follow politics, the election this year was one for the history books. Not only did both candidates surpass the previous record for votes that was held, but several states flipped from what they were in previous elections calling for multiple recounts and the questioning of voter fraud. Regardless of the party a person follows, there seems to be one common question now that the election is over: Where do we go from here?

In a poll of over one hundred people, the majority (62%) said they were not surprised by the results of the election. If you have watched the news, a lot has been going on over the transition of power. President Trump, for many days, denied the results of the election and even before, in the debates, gave hints that there would not be a peaceful transition of power. 94% of those polled said they expected this reaction over the transfer of power, which again begs the question of where we go from here, especially when some of the highest-ranking individuals in the country are at odds with one another over a process that has never changed.

The United States is at a divide, more now than it has been before, according to 82% of those questioned. The blame can be put on many factors but pointing fingers goes nowhere in fixing the actual problem. One of the questions I asked, and one where the results were the closest, was if it was possible for our country to become unified: 58% answered yes while 42% disagreed. In the explanation for this question, the two-party system being broken was a very popular response, along with many others believing there cannot be unity without some form of compromise from both sides, or a happy-medium.

For a generation that is known to be the one of change, the idea that we are so divided, and many believing we always will be is disappointing. As the generation of change, where we go is up which is what more than a third of the responses contained when asked that question. We need to “listen to understand, not to respond” stated Zeke Rouse ’21 and “make more society driven policy, rather than corporate driven” a priority answered Chandler Boyte ’20. In order to move on to a more unified nation, these are the first steps, and even then, we still have a long way to go. From here, we can only go up.