Zogby Poll: Americans Have Little Faith in Either Party

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Monday, 07 Jul 2014 07:56 AM

By Melissa Clyne

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Even political partisans appear to be underwhelmed at how their own party is performing, while independents have even less confidence in either party, according to the results of a Zogby Analytics poll.

Looking to determine which political party voters believe better handles the country’s major issues, "the answer resoundingly is NEITHER," pollster John Zogby wrote at Forbes.com, noting the "stunning" level of cynicism that has permeated American politics.

For example, when Zogby asked 1,110 likely voters which party best handles creating jobs, just 27 percent of both Democrats and Republicans thought it was their party, with 29 percent saying neither. Independents’ responses were more startling: 15 percent said Democrats were better at creating jobs, 20 percent thought the GOP was better, but 41 percent said neither party.

Republicans outscored Democrats on the economic recovery (30 percent to 25 percent), taxes (31 percent to 24 percent), national security (32 percent to 18 percent) and foreign policy (30 percent to 24 percent), while Democrats did better on issues of the environment (38 percent to 13 percent), income inequality (35 percent to 14 percent), healthcare (30 percent to 22 percent) and protecting Social Security and Medicare (31 percent to 22 percent).

But the high rate of likely voters from both parties, as well as independents, who answered "neither" indicates quickly waning confidence in both parties.

According to Zogby, both major parties have "ceased to be problem solvers" and have resorted to relying exclusively on a "lowest common denominator approach to marketing: If you can’t vote for my candidate, I am at least going to convince you to not vote for theirs."

"As we head toward the fall campaign, each side has some messages that could work." Zogby wrote. "It will depend on which issues really come to the fore and dominate the debate. One thing is certain, one side will win somehow, neither side will be able to claim a real mandate, and substantial chunks of voters simply do not identify with either side."

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