CHICAGO (AP) — A new poll suggests that government is to blame for a lot of the anger Americans are feeling these days.
The Associated Press-GfK poll says that most Americans are relatively happy with their personal situations. But nearly 8 in 10 surveyed say they’re dissatisfied or angry with the way the federal government is working.
Republicans polled were far more likely to be angry — half of GOP voters, compared with about one-quarter of Democrats or independents — and those Republicans were much more supportive of Donald Trump, the front-runner for the party’s presidential nomination.
In follow up interviews, voters say the anger is more of a disdain for a seemingly broken system rather than political ideology itself. And they’re upset with both parties, as well as career politicians and Washington insiders who, those surveyed said, don’t put their constituents’ interests first.