Poll: Voters Feel Disconnected, Helpless About Election
The latest poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research has revealed that a large portion of voters feel helpless about the upcoming election.
The Hill reports:
According to the poll released Monday, just 12 percent of Republicans think the GOP is very responsive to ordinary voters and only 25 percent of Democrats think the same about their party.
Among all Americans, only 8 percent of respondents think the Republican Party is very or extremely responsive to what ordinary voters think, 29 percent think the GOP is moderately responsive and 62 percent think it’s only slightly or not at all responsive.
For the Democratic Party, 14 percent of Americans think the party is very or extremely responsive to ordinary voters, 38 percent think it’s moderately responsive and 46 percent say it’s only slightly or not at all responsive.
The poll also found that only 15 percent of Americans said they had a great deal of confidence in the Democratic Party and just 8 percent said the same about the Republican Party. According to the poll, only 4 percent say they have a great deal of confidence in Congress, 15 percent in the executive branch and 24 percent in the Supreme Court.
About 60 percent of Americans say they think the Republican Party is only slightly or not at all open to new ideas or candidates outside the political establishment and about 50 percent of Americans say the same about the Democratic Party.
Further, 55 percent of Americans — which includes 60 percent of Republicans and 53 percent of Democratic respondents — said they felt helpless about the 2016 election. Just 13 percent of respondents said they felt proud regarding the presidential election and 37 percent said they were hopeful.
The poll surveyed 1,060 adults from May 12-15. The margin of error is 4.1 percent.
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