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23 Jul, 2016 16:57

Fewer guns, no TPP, universal healthcare: RT readers on what will ‘make America great again’

Fewer guns, no TPP, universal healthcare: RT readers on what will ‘make America great again’

Each day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio had its own play on Donald Trump’s slogan, “make America great again.” Whether ‘great’ was replaced with ‘safe’, ‘work’, ‘first’ or ‘one’, RT America asked readers what needs to be done to make it happen.

With both @RT_America and @RT_com running the poll, we got some interesting answers about what will make the US “safe” again. While fewer guns won both polls, it was a much closer race on the American side, with 42 percent of respondents selecting fewer guns, compared to 37 percent opting for more guns. On the international side, more than half of respondents (53 percent) believe that fewer guns will make citizens safer. Only 23 percent said more guns were better.


On the website, however, more guns was the winner by nearly 120 votes over fewer. Apparently the Second Amendment is the key to American safety, no matter which side of the debate you fall on.

When it comes to jobs, Americans don’t want the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other “bad trade deals,” at least according to the RT Twitter poll. Some social media users suggested building the walk on the US-Mexican border, stop funding Israel or “mow lawns, be a cashier!”

Universal healthcare was the winner when it came to making the country “first” again, but less government regulation was a close second. Some tweeters disliked the choices, noting that bringing back free-market capitalism, reducing government spending on the military and welfare programs, and ending the death penalty were missing options.

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On the website, where “have friendly governments worldwide” replaced “less gov’t regulation,” interventionism was the clear winner. Universal healthcare and more spending on military came in second and third, respectively, though with only four votes difference between them.

While the media and politicians were the clear winners ‒ or, rather, “losers” as Trump would say ‒ of what is dividing America, many tweeters wished for an “all of the above” option.

What do you think? Did our respondents get it right? Voice your vote in the comments.