The United States presidential election of 2016 was the 58th quadrennial American presidential election, held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. The Republican ticket of businessman Donald Trump and Indiana Governor Mike Pence defeated the Democratic ticket of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Senator from Virginia Tim Kaine.
Trump is scheduled to take office as the 45th President, and Pence as the 48th Vice President, on January 20, 2017. Even as this unfolds it seems interest in Donald Trump’s popularity may already be fading quite significantly.
Based on information provided by Google Trends, it seems Donald Trumps popularity peaked following election day, has has substantially dropped since. Google Trends is a public web facility of Google Inc., based on Google Search, that shows how often a particular search-term is entered relative to the total search-volume across various regions of the world, and in various languages.
Donald Trump tweeted words of encouragement towards his supporters after his upset victory following election day. Trump is scheduled to take office as the 45th President, and Pence as the 48th Vice President, on January 20, 2017.
Many people were upset because, Hillary Clinton actually won the popular vote by 2.86 million. This makes Trump is the fifth person to become president without winning the popular vote. This caused major backlash against the Electoral College. Many took to the streets to voice their opposition, claiming it is not how a democratic system should function.
The United States is the only country that elects a politically powerful president via an electoral college and the only one in which a candidate can become president without having obtained the highest number of votes in the sole or final round of popular voting.
Traditionally most Republicans voters live rural areas, where as democrats typically live in urban areas. Thus the Electoral College has caused republicans to win three out of the five elections where the president-elect actually lost the popular vote.
Republican argue the Electoral College prevents the popular vote from shifting the disproportionate focus to large cities at the expense of rural areas. However, even Donald Trump has made comments publicly against the system. He tweeted his opposition of the Electoral College, all the way back in 2012.