Ten Debates on the 2020 US Election

With less than a week to go before the 2020 US election, take a look at our curated list of questions examining its defining controversies, debates and contentions.

How accurate are claims that the election is rigged?

In the run up to the US election, many are questioning the integrity of the election. How accurate are claims that the US election is rigged?

Has the Trump administration responded well to Covid-19?

Government responses to emergency situations like the coronavirus outbreak can have a critical impact on the health and wellbeing of the public, and on the economy and society at large. So how have President Trump and his team responded? Will the American people benefit from or be hurt by the actions of the Trump Administration?

What are the conspiracy theories around Donald Trump?

In the four years since billionaire Realtor Donald Trump became American President, conspiracy theories have proliferated. These theories variously describe Trump as a powerless puppet controlled by foreign governments, evil megalomaniac exploiting his position for self-serving goals, and dangerous lunatic. What are the conspiracy theories around Donald Trump, and is there any truth in them?

Why do White Evangelical Christians support Trump?

In the 2016 US election, white evangelical Christians resoundingly voted for Donald Trump and were critical in his Presidential victory. Despite much of Trump’s behaviour seen as an affront to “traditional values”, 81% of evangelicals turned out to vote for him. Why?

Should Donald Trump or Joe Biden win the 2020 US election?

It has been a tumultuous 4 years of the Donald Trump presidency in the United States, with investigations, nominations, fake news, tweets, impeachment, pandemics, protests, and a nation divided about the facts on the ground and the direction the country should be taking. Many see the 2020 US Presidential Election as the most important election in history, with huge implications for the US, but also for the world. So who should win the US Presidential election?

Does Donald Trump or Joe Biden have the better approach to policing?

As Black Lives Matter #BLM protests shook the US in the wake of George Floyd’s murder at the hands of police in Minneapolis in May 2020, the issue of police reform surged to the top of the political agenda. Policing will be a central debate in the upcoming US Election. Who has the better approach?

What do early voting and vote-by-mail controversies mean for democracy in the US?

Record numbers of Americans have cast their vote early before election day on 3rd November in person and by mail. Long queues outside polling stations and fears of voter fraud are the subject of great controversy. What do these controversies tell us about the state of democracy in the US?

Is Donald Trump mentally ill?

To some, Donald Trump is a rambling buffoon. To others, he is a voice of truth in a political quagmire of lies and deceit. But are his erratic mind, eccentric way of speaking and short attention span indicators of an underlying mental illness affecting the US president?

Should LGBTQ+ people vote for Trump?

Historically in the United States, LGBTQ+ people have had limited rights, including infingements on access to marriage equality and protection from discrimination. Both presidential candidates have made campaign promises to the LGBTQ+ community - but who will best uphold their rights?

Should the American working class vote for Trump or Biden?

30-50% of American adults would describe themselves as working class. A large part of the population, yet one which doesn’t feel heard. Both Trump and Biden have appealed to them by making themselves seem more relatable and trustworthy. If elected, how will they support this alienated demographic?

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