According to Isaacs, the influence of "life imitating art" is worth paying attention to. He referenced television series 24, in his words watched by "35 million Americans," which presented the public with a "a tall, urbane, gravelly-voiced African American president, who was making all the right decisions." Isaacs theorized that this characterization, be it consciously or unconsciously, contributed to Obama's ultimate election.
"With Trump, we've had The Apprentice," Isaacs said, by way of comparison. He described how over 30 million viewers have seen the businessman turned reality television star "hiring and firing people, acting in complete command as a presidential-style candidate."
Ultimately, when it comes to speculating election results, Isaacs said that it was "becoming increasingly difficult to accurately poll" and a challenge "to get to people who are perhaps conservative or right of center who don't want to give their choices to a pollster."