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HPU Poll finds likely voters more cynical about politics overall

In case you needed confirmation that the sky is blue, water is wet and even likely voters are cynical about politics…the latest High Point University poll has you covered.

From the poll:

The new HPU Poll reports that large majorities of likely North Carolina voters agree that they are well-qualified to participate in elections (96 percent) and that they could figure out the facts about most political issues (82 percent). At the same time, majorities of these likely voters say they are frustrated—though not angry—with the federal government (54 percent), and they do not have very much trust or confidence in the wisdom of the American people when it comes to making political decisions (54 percent).

The HPU Poll asked likely voters several questions and also asked them to agree or disagree with a series of statements about politics. Respondents tended to have confidence in their ability to participate in politics effectively, but viewed most other people, including politicians, cynically. A large majority of these likely voters agreed that they feel confident that they could find the truth about political issues (68 percent) and disagreed with a statement about not feeling sure of themselves when talking to other people about politics and government (69 percent).

Large majorities also agreed with the statements that most citizens have lost faith in the political campaign process (84 percent) and few honest people run for political office (61 percent). Likely voters also expressed a lack of confidence in themselves when it comes to serving as an elected official. Only a total of 32 percent of these likely voters saw themselves as qualified or very qualified to do the job of an elected official.

It’s not all doom and gloom, though. Respondents in the poll were less sexist than you might imagine.

In an election year with multiple female candidates very high on the ballot, 86 percent of these likely voters said that women and men make equally good political leaders. Only 7 percent said men generally make better political leaders and 5 percent said women make better political leaders.

The whole poll and its questions are worth a careful look.

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