US President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden are battling for the presidency in a sharply divided United States.
Trump has been focusing on “law and order”, Biden has been trying to strike a conciliatory note. The Black Lives Matter movement, and whether Trump will release his taxes are among the many issues Americans will consider when choosing their president.
As the hotly contested election approaches, Al Jazeera has been speaking to voters across the US asking nine questions to understand who they are supporting and why.
Occupation: Teacher, recently resigned over coronavirus
Residence: Osage County, Oklahoma
Voted in 2016: Donald Trump
Will vote in 2020: Joe Biden
Top election issue: Voting out Trump
“Yes, I will vote. I have always voted. I will vote again, because that’s the principle our country is founded on: democracy and people voting. So, it’s a duty and a privilege.”
“My number one issue is electing a president who’s not crazy. That’s it. Donald Trump is not competent to occupy the position that he holds, and we need to elect somebody who is, so I’m going to vote for Joe Biden.”
“I’ve been voting in presidential elections since 1976. And I’ve always voted for the Republican candidate. But this year, the Republican candidate is a crazy person. So I will be voting for Joe Biden because he’s not a crazy person. It’s pretty much that simple.”
“I am not happy with what President Trump has done to the federal government. He’s been very divisive. He’s been very corrupt. He’s damaged our foreign policy and our relationships with our allies. He has colluded with our enemies. His sycophants in Congress have enabled him to do all of the above. And so I am worried that America will never be the same if we have him for another four years.”
“What I would like to see change is every congressional and elected official that has supported and bought into Donald Trump’s insanity, I would like to see them all removed from office because they have violated their constitutional oath.
“I hold them even more responsible than I hold Donald Trump because I don’t think he can help being what he is. I would like to see more justice when it comes to racial issues, I would like to see more policies that support the middle class.”
“Yes, I do.
“If we can get Donald Trump out of office, I think it will. It has to. So I’m not sure what that’s exactly going to look like. And I’m sure I will disagree with Joe Biden on many things, but I believe that he will put the fire out that’s currently consuming our country.”
“My biggest concern is that we’re becoming a totalitarian country. Trump and his helpers have abused their power, they show no respect for the rule of law or for the constitution. And that’s a very, very dangerous place to be.”
“Everybody vote. That’s the only way, in spite of whatever obstacles the administration wants to throw in their path. I’ve heard people say if I have to crawl on broken glass, I’m going to vote.”