American Voters Frustrated, Angry With Election


Most Americans are feeling frustrated and helpless over the 2016 presidential election, according to an Associated Press-NORC poll.

The contest between Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has 70 percent of American voters frustrated, the poll found. And 55 percent report that they feel “helpless.”

"All we see is the cat fighting," said Shirley, a 70-year-old retired substitute teacher, according to the AP. “They need to talk about their programs ... but I don't think they will."

The 2016 election has been rife with insults and barbs exchanged between the two candidates. Trump has nicknamed Clinton “Crooked Hillary” and Clinton, through her campaign surrogates and Super PACs, has also lobbied childish insults at Trump, but has more recently attacked him over his allegedly sexist comments in the past about women in a television campaign ad, reported Politico.

Issues, however, are not getting much screen time.

“I went looking on the internet for [Clinton's] position on free [college] education, and it was hard, but I finally found it," Carol Jones, a lifelong Democrat, told the AP. "They need to talk about their programs on this, this and that."

Although voters don't feel like they're getting much substance form the 2016 election, they do seem to be getting some entertainment.

About two-thirds of voters -- 65 percent -- say they're “interested” in the election and only 31 percent said they're “bored.”

That interest is expected to enable the first debate between Trump and Clinton to be the most-watched presidential debate in history.

To date, the most-watched debate was during the 2012 presidential election between President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, which garnered 67 million viewers.

But this year, Nielsen expects the Trump versus Clinton match-up might to be between 80 and 100 million, easily beating the 2012 ratings. 

Sources: The Associated Press, AP-NORC, CNN / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr (2)

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