Battle between Trump and Clinton in US election has similarities with Brexit referendum, says University of Suffolk lecturer

File photos of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Photo: PA Wire

File photos of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Photo: PA Wire - Credit: PA

America goes to the polls this week to choose its next president.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have been making last ditch attempts to convince the American public to vote for them.

Americans overseas get the opportunity to vote – meaning US citizens living on Suffolk airbases such as Lakenheath will have already had their say.

While Clinton and Trump have both seen plenty of support form Democratic and Republican party stalwarts it is likely the election will be in the hands of the same group of people as it often is in the UK.

Federico Farini, a lecturer at the University of Suffolk with expertise in electoral behaviour, said mobilising people who do not usually go to the polls can make all the difference.

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“They (Clinton and Trump) have got the message that in order to win elections they have to motivate people who normally don’t vote,” he said.

“Both candidates are doing this.

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“The challenge is to motivate them to vote because usually elections are decided by four, five, six percent.

“That makes the result, in my opinion, totally unpredictable.”

But there was another group Mr Farini said he felt neither candidate had really targeted successfully – the younger generation.

He also said the confrontational style of the campaign would not phase them because they “are quite wise to this kind of confrontation” through things like reality TV shows.

“The problem is their views are not addressed,” Mr Farini added. “I haven’t heard much from the candidates about addressing the needs of young people.”

He said this was similar to the Brexit campaigns run earlier this year in the UK where some young people wanted assurances about their futures whatever the outcome.

Mr Farini also said he found young people and overseas American’s generally voted for the Democratic candidate.

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