Experts Reflect on General Election Results

Experts Reflect on General Election Results (WCCU)

With the president elect’s new plans in motion, people are analyzing what exactly happened on Tuesday night.

University of Illinois student, Hafsa Habib said she is still processing the outcome.

“A lot of disbelief,” Habib said. “A lot of like fear in a sense of kind of not nothing what's going to happen in the day after."

Political Science professors at the University of Illinois held a panel discussion on Friday reflecting on the results they considered “unexpected.”

Chris Mooney, political science professor, said even the experts didn’t see it coming.

I was completely surprised,” Mooney said. “The pollsters had it wrong almost across the board. Political scientists who study these things, generally had it wrong."

Professor Brian Gaines said the inaccuracy of the pollsters was something he believed experts would start analyzing in the future.

“I think the polls were unusually off because of some combination of people who plan to vote for Trump not wanting to say it out loud,” Gaines said. “Not wanting to admit, and saying they were undecided, and then those who were analyzing the polls maybe being naive and just treating the undecided as though they were truly undecided...or as if they would stay home."

Yet some people seemed sure of who they wanted in the oval office. Many people continue protesting president-elect Donald Trump since the results were in. Gaines said it's an expression of emotions, but he's not sure how effective it would be.

“They don't want Trump to be president and maybe they realize that the Electoral College doesn't meet until December,” Gaines said. “So if they can persuade electors not to vote for Trump, then the election can get thrown in the U.S. House, and if the House can pick, then they presumably would pick Trump as well."

Professor Mooney said it’s difficult to imagine exactly what would be in store for the United States with the new president elect.

“This is not a parliamentary democracy where when one party gets in they do whatever they want until the next party gets in,” Mooney said. “So there's going to be a lot of compromising and with Trump, we don't know how the republicans and congress are going to feel about what [Trump] says or proposes"

Though the president-elect has been very outspoken, all of the professors agreed that there was still a lot of uncertainty of what exactly Trump's policies would look like in the future.

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