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What do Americans look for in a political leader?

As Americans prepare to elect a new president, what qualities are they looking for in their future leader? What values do they idealise, and what traits are non-negotiable? Canvas8 sat down with 20 men and women from across the US to find out what they think makes prime presidential material.

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From Abraham Lincoln’s abolishment of slavery to Franklin D. Roosevelt’s socially progressive New Deal, the President of the United States has played a storied role in America’s history, sentiment and national identity. As citizens prepare to elect a new president in November 2016, what qualities are they looking for in their future leader? What values do they idealise, and what traits are non-negotiable?

The 2016 presidential race has been plagued by controversy, animosity and distrust due to in-party divisions, relentless media coverage and weak favourability ratings. Democrats and Republicans now view each other more negatively than at any point ...

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