As the presidential campaign swings into high gear – some might argue it has been in high gear for more than a year – Americans feel more alienated than ever from the USA’s political class, according to a new Harris Poll. Harris has conducted a survey of this kind since 1966. A combination of factors leads to an index score in the poll. The index is listed at 70, tying the all-time high for that alienated feeling.
Among the key findings in the survey:
- 82% believe that the people running the country don’t really care what happens to you
- 78% of all adults believe the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer
- 70% believe that most people in power try to take advantage of people like them
The poll was conducted between May 31 and June 2, but was not released until July 28.