The Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) hosted an In-House Meeting with Mr. Matt Decker, Principal of DDP Global, Washington DC on September 1, 2016. The Chairman ISSI, Ambassador Khalid Mahmood welcomed the speaker and opened the floor for his remarks.
Mr. Matt Decker began by saying that the US is experiencing a fairly unique election this time. The amount of coverage the US elections are getting is extraordinary, both within the US, and around the world mostly due to Donald Trump’s unique personality. He was of the view that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are the least two popular presidential candidates in the US history – and so the choice will be between the lesser of the two evils. Mr. Decker said that for the last sixty years, the US has been doing a national survey of American voters, in which the Americans are asked a simple question: Do you think that your children will be better off than you are? And for the first time in sixty years, Americans have answered negatively in a majority, which is a significant change of attitude. This election is a mirror to the growing negatively and pessimism in the American society.