On 8th November 2016 Donald Trump became the fifth presidential candidate in US history to lose the popular vote but win the presidency, attracting 46.4 percent of all ballots cast compared to Hillary Clinton’s 48.5 percent. It was a split decision in terms of popular vote versus the final outcome as decided by the electoral college system – but we dug further into the CNN exit poll, and a few other sources, to find out how divided America and the world really was over the vote.
Previously on ‘Infographics’
In DG #27 we investigated the chain of events that led to Barcelona homeowner Montse Pérez losing her apartment to a bizarre Airbnb scam – and ingeniously reclaiming it in June 2017.
When Donald J Trump was elected 45th President of the United States on 8th November 2016, words like “unprecedented” and “abnormal” filled the airwaves and newspaper columns. But aside from his celebrity status (oh, wait: Ronald Reagan) and his lack of experience in elected office (hang on: Dwight D Eisenhower, Ulysses S Grant…), what exactly marked him out as unique?
Looking back at the UK’s general election of June 2017, the main parties’ manifestos seemed to play an unusually important role in the outcome. While the Labour Party’s portfolio of pledges seemed to kick-start their surge in popularity, it was quibbling over the Conservatives’ social care agenda as outlined in their manifesto – and particularly over whether Theresa May’s subsequent promise to cap the so-called ‘dementia tax’ policy amounted to a “clarification” or a “U-turn” – that saw them stumble badly on the campaign trail.
Words counted in this election – and so, for a definitive picture where each party’s priorities lay, we decided to count their words. Scroll over the infographic below to reveal exactly how many manifesto words the contenders dedicated to the main policy areas, from healthcare to housing and from Brexit to multiculturalism. It’s often remarked that politics is just a game, but our calculations have finally uncovered exactly which game it is. It’s ideological Tetris…
In January 2017 the world got an unnerving glimpse into its automated future when a San Diego broadcaster uttered these five fateful words into the camera – and, overheard by a number of Amazon Echo devices in viewers’ homes, inadvertently triggered a rush on children’s toy residences.
Remember phone-hacking? The drama that followed explosive revelations in July 2011 that the British newspaper the News of the World had illegally accessed the voicemail messages of a murdered 13-year-old girl rapidly spiralled into a scandal as shocking and sensational as any the tabloid had itself covered during its 168-year history.
On 7th April 2017, California’s governor, Jerry Brown, declared that the state’s drought state of emergency was over. The severe water shortage across the western United States had lasted for five-and-a-half years and, according to a number of studies, was brought on by changing weather patterns associated with La Niña (a periodic drop in the water temperature of the Pacific) and was exacerbated by global warming (2016 saw California’s hottest summer on record).
On 29th November 2016, Emma Morano, then the world’s oldest known person, turned 117. When she died in Italy a few months later, it marked the passing of the last person who was known to have been alive during the 19th century (Emma was succeeded by Violet Brown of Jamaica, who was born on 10th March 1900).
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