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Wednesday, November 09, 2016

What America Thinks: Does the Election Matter?

What if we had an election, and it didn’t matter? Sadly, that’s what many Americans are thinking about the major issues facing the nation, even before the votes were counted.

Seventy-two percent (72%) already believe the United States is a more divided nation than it was four years ago, and regardless of who was elected to the White House yesterday, 52% expect it to be even more divided a year from now.

Americans also have little faith that the economy will improve under a new president. Just 34% expect a stronger economy a year from now, while 26% expect a weaker one.

They’re not so confident on the national security front, either. Back in April, just 35% of voters thought it was likely the federal government would actually secure the border and prevent illegal immigration no matter whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump is the next president. Less than half (47%) of Americans are confident that the U.S. government can protect them from future domestic terrorist attacks.

For Rasmussen Reports, I’m Alex Boyer. Remember, if it’s in the news, it’s in our polls.