A recent news report revealed that a majority of Americans are not thrilled with the current slate of candidates running for President of the United States. The Associated Press-GfK poll shows that people might vote for a particular candidate, but they’re doing it with two fingers plugging their noses.
Donald Trump topped the unpopular column with almost 7 in 10 Americans expressing an unfavorable view of him. That bloc includes both genders, every race, financial category and even all the political parties. Even half of Republicans, Trump’s party, are not thrilled with him, and if you’ve watched even one or two news reports in the past year, it comes as no big surprise.
In the South? 70 percent say ugh. Whites without a college education? 55 percent would rather have someone else.
Of course, that’s not to say the other candidates are getting the love, either. Hillary Clinton also saw a majority of people polled, 55 percent, saying they don’t see her as a successful leader of the free world. Translation: If it comes down to a choice between Trump and Clinton, it’ll most likely be Clinton making the call to rent the moving trucks.
Less than half of Americans believe any of the other candidates—Ted Cruz, Bernie Sanders and John Kasich—would be representative of their views. In other words, if the ballot contained a box for “None of the Above,” a majority of voters would check it.
I wish I could say this was a horrifying revelation, but it doesn’t come as a big surprise to me. Trump is seen as a rich, arrogant loudmouth who will probably unite most of the countries in the world against us. Clinton, who would be the first female president if elected, has the attitude of a Washington insider, who touts her experience as the reason she knows what’s best for all of us. I could go on and on about all the candidates, but what is abundantly clear is that none of them have a clear idea of what America is today.
The presidential race is a glaring example of the state of the political system today, from the nation’s top office down to local offices. Even the candidates with lofty dreams and ambitions tend to shift gears once the power to exact change is achieved.
Sit down at any coffee shop and engage someone in a political conversation, and I defy you to finish that conversation on a positive note. What the conversation will contain are examples of what city councils, county boards, legislatures, etc. are doing wrong.
It’s unclear whether the political arena will shift into a positive vein anytime soon, but what is clear is that, at least for now, you can’t abbreviate President of the United States without “P.U.”