Americans Think Presidential Election Process Is Broken

| by Kathryn Schroeder
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Sixty-six percent of Americans think the country’s process of selecting a new president isn’t working properly, according to a new poll.

Only 30 percent of Americans find the election process to be working, a decline of seven points since January, a March 16-17 Gallup poll found.

In January, 46 percent of Republicans believed the system was working. In just two months, that number has fallen 16 points to 30 percent. Democrats, after a slight decline in February, are holding at 32 percent — the same percentage from January.

In comparison to previous election years, the support of the American people for the election process shows a drastic decline. In January 2000, 57 percent found the system to be working, with 67 percent believing the same in January 2008.

The 30-percent figure from 2016 is lower than that of December 2011, which was 39 percent.

While the majority of Americans may not have a positive view of the presidential election process, they are seemingly happy with the candidates.

Sixty-eight percent said there is a candidate running that would make a good president. Sixty-three percent who find the system to be broken agree that a good president exists among the nominees.

The American people are paying attention to the 2016 presidential candidates.

More than half, 57 percent, of respondents in a March 17-20 CBS News/The New York Times poll said they are giving the presidential campaign “a lot” of attention.

But how registered voters feel about their party is shockingly different.

Republicans were not shy about expressing whether they were embarrassed by their party, with 60 percent stating they were “mostly embarrassed," while only 13 percent of Democrats felt the same.

Eighty-two percent of Democrats are “mostly proud” of their party.

The candidates that respondents expect to see on the November ballot, whether they would like to or not, are Donald Trump for the GOP and Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee. Both candidates received more than 70 percent of the votes.

Sources: Gallup, CBS News/The New York Times / Photo credit: Disney ABC Television Group/Flickr