- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 16, 2019

Most Americans see a vast disconnect between their national political leaders and their everyday lives, with nearly seven in 10 voters saying the Democratic and Republican parties have abandoned them, according to a national poll released Thursday.

An Ipsos-University of Virginia Center for Politics national poll found that a whopping 69% of voters — 64% of Democrats and 74% of Republicans — said the “traditional parties and politicians don’t care about people like me.”

The online poll showed that 71% of respondents — 79% of Democrats and 63% of Republicans — shared the view that “America needs a strong leader to take the country back from the rich and powerful”; and 70% — 84% of Democrats and 49% of Republicans — said “the American economy is rigged to advantage the rich and powerful.”

Voters also indicated they lack confidence in the national news media, with 66% — 49% of Democrats and 87% of Republicans — sharing the view that “the mainstream media is more interested in making money than telling the truth.”

The poll of 1,005 adults was conducted May 14-15 on behalf of the University of Virginia Center for Politics.

• Seth McLaughlin can be reached at smclaughlin@washingtontimes.com.

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