Poll: Most Americans are Unhappy With Their Choices in 2012 Race

Kim Jong-unA USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds a nation more downbeat, more dissatisfied
with its political leadership and more concerned about the country’s
direction than at almost any other point in modern times.

By wide margins, those surveyed say the election
process isn’t working and the candidates aren’t coming up with good
ideas to solve the nation’s problems.

Fewer than half say there is any candidate running, Republican or Democratic, who would make a good president.

“We’re looking at the politics of backlash,” says Lawrence Jacobs of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the University of Minnesota.
Americans see a political process that is “out of touch and paralyzed
in the face of crushing economic conditions and fear about the future.
It’s as if the country is on the Titanic and it’s going down, and you’ve
got Congress and the presidential field playing violins.”

That doesn’t reflect a lack of concern about the election outcome.

Americans by 4-1 say it makes “a real difference”
to them who is elected president, and a 53% majority strongly agrees
that the stakes in this election are higher than in previous years.
Almost two-thirds of registered voters are “afraid of what will happen”
if the candidate they support doesn’t win.

In general-election matchups, President Obama edges Republican candidates Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich by precisely the same percentages, 50%-48%

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Source: Susan Page, USA TODAY