In the run up to the American presidential election we asked a panel of voters to share their views and predictions. Here they give their reaction to the final result.
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MEET THE PANEL
Name: Jim Hill
Lives: Sudbury, Massachusetts
Job: Equipment finance manager
In 10 words or less: "Family man, business owner, community volunteer, gardener, fisherman, sports fan"
President Bush has won the Electoral College and more then half the states outright.
Voters have overwhelmingly shown support for Bush's leadership and policies with the biggest mandate since 1988.
Bush helped Republicans pick up seats in the Senate, House, a governorship and defeat Minority Leader Tom Daschle.
Congress will as a result become less obstructionist and more supportive of the president's policies and judicial nominations, potentially charting a new course for America's future.
Senator Kerry campaigned aggressively but failed to even equal Gore in 2000.
The race in Massachusetts, his and my home state, was never in question though Bush gained votes compared to the election in 2000.
Kerry's most important decision was a failure. Edwards added nothing to the ticket and this choice may have dashed any chance Kerry had.
Edwards was "all hair and no cattle" to paraphrase his attack on Bush.
In this election voters sent a message to the mainstream media, entertainers and the UN that they will make their own decisions on values, defence and America's role in the world.
Democracy has won in this election. Let the country come together and move forward as "The United States of America".
Send us your comments on Jim's views using the form below.
I agree completely. It is definitely a mandate for President Bush to push forward his conservative agenda. Despite the biased media, disgraceful Democratic attacks, outspoken celebrities, and the influence extreme liberals like Michael Moore, Al Gore, and Howard Dean that have become the faces of the Democratic Party, President Bush prevailed. According to polls, Bush won the election on the issue of values, so apparently much of America is ready for his conservative values.
Tim, Bethesda, MD, USA
Your views scare me to death. You are so happy that your political party has gained the advantage in three branches of government and is now capable of imposing partisan faith based morality on the rest of the country and possibly the world. Can't you see how dangerous this mindset is? Can't you see that your party's actions will set the precedent for legislating extreme views onto the whole of the population? There must be a middle ground if the country has any chance of uniting again. You cannot ignore half of the population, and the rest of the world, and expect people to be happy about it.
Charlotte Mathias, Phoenix, AZ, USA
Mr Hill, democracy as it is written in the constitution has not won. The religious views and prejudice against gays of some people has won. It scares me not only that we are not past these backward ways of approaching politics but also that more than half of us think this way. It seems 9/11 has opened the door for fear to have a place in American Democracy. Is this the country you want to live in?
Stefan Brabeck, Chicago, IL, USA
"In this election voters sent a message to the UN that they will make their own decisions on America's role in the world". What is the point of the UN then? So the American dream (per Woodrow Wilson) of a global body to arbitrate disputes, promote peace and justice throughout the world by discussion and mutual agreement has now been killed off by modern Americans who think they are the only ones who know what is right for the rest of us. A role that doesn't just affect America, but affects everyone else, just like the pointless invasion of Iraq. American delusions are leading them down a very dangerous path.
Voters have not shown "overwhelming" support for Bush's leadership and policies as you say. A three percent lead hardly counts as enthusiastic confidence. Such a slim margin does not equate to a mandate, either. It means that almost half of the voters want a change from the current "leadership".
Joy Greenwolfe, North Carolina, USA
There is no benefit to the national interest to have the three branches of government in the control of one party with one mindset. The nation is far too diverse to be represented by one political party. While it may seem like a wonderful thing to have policies and ideas move right through into law, those laws without a doubt will not make the US a fairer place to live. A monocracy cannot possibly make considerations for the whole of the country. The whole point of a multi-party government is that there is discourse and debate before laws are created. Now without those checks, absurdity can abound and it will even be upheld by the courts. This is madness and we let it happen.
Ryan, Madison, WI, USA
We, the moral majority, voted to reject creeping Socialism. We have endured many years of the denigration of the Clintonites and the biased global elitist liberal intelligencia, media and the entertainment industry. Given the opportunity to express our opinion, we honoured George W Bush for his steadfast and determined defence of the values upon which our country was founded, and for his optimism in America's continued quest to help the rest of the world enjoy the freedoms we hold so dear. We will continue to pray that God's will will be done.
Marie May, Louisiana, USA
Great! Four more years of Bush picking activist judges to the federal bench, with less opposition. Even Republicans will be angry when the last of their civil rights are taken away.
Gina, Chicago, USA
I fully agree with Jim. Now hopefully we will really begin to have a moral majority - but also a caring majority.
Paul, Lancaster, UK
I don't understand why people keep saying they hope President Bush will "unite" the people of the USA. I don't think I have ever heard of any country where all people agree on everything. That's what is wonderful about being Americans. We can have our own opinions, and we can all agree to disagree. There are more important thing in life to worry about than if my neighbour agrees with me 100% on everything.
Kat Garbett, Pennsylvania, USA
Please clarify just what "America's role in the world" will be Mr Hill? Our country has killed thousands of civilians in Iraq under the guise of democracy and liberation. Anti-American sentiments rage throughout the globe at an all-time high. Multiple highly-decorated military officials have condemned this war mentioning their concern for an absent plan and estimating a lengthy engagement resulting in a "far worse ending than Vietnam". Is this the role?
Mollie Rodriguez, Jersey City, NJ, USA
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