New Poll: 70% of Americans are Frustrated About the Upcoming Presidential Election

anthony_freda_spendingBy Amando Flavio

A new poll by the Associated Press (AP) news agency, in collaboration with the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago, has revealed that a staggering 70% of Americans are disturbed about the country’s presidential elections due in November.

Whereas AP is an international news organization, NORC is one of the largest independent social research organizations in the United States, established in 1941. It has conducted numerous social research projects involving opinion survey and other data collection, for government agencies, nonprofit agencies, and corporations, making it very credible independent research organization.

According to the details of the poll, seven in 10 people said they feel frustrated in the upcoming presidential election. Also, one-quarter of the respondents said they have hardly any confidence that their votes will be counted accurately. However, 56% respondents said they have confidence in the military.

s-2-45-e1464711412161According to the AP, the poll was conducted in mid-May, and is designed to be representative of the population of the United States. 1,060 adults participated in the poll.

The respondents were first selected randomly using address-based sampling methods, and later interviewed online or by phone, with the margin of sampling error for all respondents said to be plus or minus 4.1 percentage points.

According to the results of the poll we saw, 13% of the respondents said they are proud about the impending presidential election. 37% revealed they feel hopeful, and three out of 10 people said they are already bored with the election.

On the two-party political system which is dominating in the United States, 49% believe the system has many problems, 38% said the two way system is seriously broken, while only 13% think the system works smoothly.

s-3-42-e1464711394878The relevance of the overall political and governance system including the judiciary, the executive and the legislature were also tested in the poll. 38% said they do not have any trust in the overall political system. Only 10% said they have confidence in the system. Just 15% said they have a lot of confidence in the executive branch, while 50% have “some,” but 33% do not have any confidence.

Only four percent said they still have much faith in the Washington D.C.-based Congress, as opposed to 46%, who have hardly any trust left. A modest 24% have a lot of confidence in the Supreme Court, and 17% have hardly any.

On intra-party politics, as much as 55%, including majorities from the Democratic and Republican parties said they feel totally helpless about the ongoing primaries to elect the nominees for the presidential election in November.

s-4-29Eight percent of the respondents answered that they have confidence in the Republican Party, and 15% in the Democratic Party; but 29% of Democrats and 16% of Republicans revealed they do not have any confidence in their political parties.

This is not the first time a poll about the United States’ election has showed growing resentments about the political system of the country.

In April this year, a similar joint poll conducted by the Reuters news agency and the research agency Ipsos revealed that more than half of voters in the United States believe the system to pick their president is rigged. The poll also found that 51% of voters believe the primary system is rigged against certain candidates. Over 70% said they would prefer to pick their party’s presidential nominee with a direct vote, eliminating the use of the so-called delegates as intermediaries.

Surprisingly, the survey found that 27% of voters do not even understand how the primary process works, and a staggering 44% also do not understand why delegates are involved in the process to pick a nominee to become a candidate for the presidential election.

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  • Cypher

    Not so much frustrated as actively ignoring it. I haven’t watched puppet shows since I was a kid.

  • Arlene Lane

    what only 70 per cent, you have to take down this 2 party only system, that is why AMERICA is beginning to decay, the UK is the same, the very names politics and politician, have become dirty words, because what is invoked in people’s minds is corruption, and plenty of Rhetoric without honesty, it means that they are self serving, and only serving a masonic agenda of evil, it also means that they are not public servants that people need and want, it means in a continued state of conflict and war, they also put their personal opinions and hate’s to the front of their own agenda, instead of what in the public and world interest, people who govern and run our countries have to be normal people that we can Indentify with, and not already rich oligarch’s who want to use the platform for their own amusement and plaything. and above all these things they must be impartial.

  • Arlene Lane

    I wish also to add to what I already said, that the person chosen as leader must also be elected and not selected or chosen or funded, as was OBAMA who was also nurtured and programed by THE JACOB ROTHSCHILD FAMILY, this leader must also be surrounded by technicians and builders and interlectual people and not a military war council, and also the leader and his council shall not have secrets kept back from them by any intelligence services.

  • I do feel sorry for my American friends because their number of choices on the ballot is absurdly low. Two parties. And no party that wants to bring all the troops home and stop all the wars. At least not on the ballot with any chance of winning the race.

    Here in Canada we have 5 parties on the ballot. The choices were like night and day. The warmonger conservative party got the boot. And the candidate from the liberal party had a sweeping upset victory. Trudeau promise to bring the warplanes home from the Middle East. Promise to legalize recreational marijuana for adults. Promised he would not bring in an austerity budget. Promise to increase taxes on the 1%. I don’t like all of his policies but he got my vote. I’m sick of the wars overseas and I’m sick of the war on pot.

    Our country is not perfect. But I can say I’m proud to be a Canadian and I have turned down an opportunity to become an American citizen. No thanks.

    • Pyra Gorgon

      Apparently Canadians are idiots because they too believe lying politicians making promises…just like Americans!

  • gweneth

    For me I’m all in with Trump – what more could you ask. A solid family man and speaks his mind without the telLIEprompter.
    He is the last hope for freedom and jobs.

    • CAWS

      Yeah, his father was KKK and made his fortune in segregated housing. Woody Guthrie wrote songs about Fred Trump.He is a bigoted misogynist who not only cheated on two wives but RAPED his first wife in sworn testimony. He has bankrupted four casinos leaving his investors in the lurch w/ loopholes in the law and used mob contractors to build his projects like Trump Tower. Also a big supporter of eminent domain which takes private property & gives it to big business at reduced prices whether you want to sell or not. Tried to boot an elderly widow out of her home to build a parking lot next to Trump Towers. Also wants massive total surveillance of all Americans. As for the Mexican sponsored wall; not gonna happen. He only cares about the 1% being able to exploit the poor and under educated.

  • ICFubar

    I’m surprised that the numbers reflect this much confidence at all. I guess this slickest of all marketing – political theater – manipulation of the public to be emotionally engaged in this political hoax has born fruit. The recent rally violence plays to this, emotionally engaging the public in this faux political conversation while at the same time dividing them and keeping them focused on the middlemen instead of the real culprits that have seized all the powers of the state for their own interests. Even the “awake” have fallen for this ploy. All it took was a little seed money to begin, until the violence grows legs of its own, and a little cash to keep it going, as a variation on the color revolutions of the past and recent past. It costs the Apex Elits much less to fund an election cycle and then pay off their elected middlemen than it would for them to fund an actual police state with all the turmoil and danger that would represent to these elites should the charade of democracy be dropped. As it is the population pays for their own repression through taxation and the rentier economy.

  • ignasi

    Too many years repeating the same disaster lies and wars

    November examinations need solutions to global problems

    I’m excited sympathizer of the Green Party

  • CAWS

    Funny how both Trump & Hillary are worried that the third party candidate Gary Johnson will hand the election to the other party. Gary Johnson will be on all 50 ballots come November on the Libertarian ticket. He was Republican governor of New Mexico for 8 years during which time he was known as Dr.No as he vetoed 750 spending bills, lowered taxes,shrank government , created 1000s of jobs and was pro legalizing marijuana, equal pay, pro choice, etc. Fiscally conservative and socially liberal he left NM with a surplus in the coffers. He also has a federal lawsuit trying to break the monopoly of the national presidential debates to force them to allow other parties a platform. Wouldn’t it be something if Americans actually voted FOR a candidate instead of against the worst guy giving us the lesser of two evils.

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