David Mayhew on upcoming election

July 21, 2016

Sterling Professor of Political Science David Mayhew gives a political scientist’s views on the 2016 election in this YaleNews interview.

Republican Party officials have gathered in Cleveland this week to officially nominate Donald Trump as the GOP’s presidential candidate — a circumstance that most pundits considered unthinkable when the businessman and reality TV star kicked off his unconventional campaign last summer.

At the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia next week, Hillary Clinton will become the first woman in U.S. history to become the presidential nominee of a major political party. Both candidates are unpopular within their own parties — only 43% of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents say they are satisfied with Clinton, while just 40% of Republicans and Republican-leaning voters are happy with Trump, according to recent polling by the Pew Research Center.