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Old 08 July 2016, 08:28 AM
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Default The remarkably cynical American voter explained in 2 charts

Here at The Fix, we're constantly looking for ways to quantify just how cynical Americans are when it comes to their political system. There are multiple metrics of voter misery. For years, Congress's record-low approval ratings were a fairly good measure. Lately, it's the fact that the two major-party presidential nominees just happen to be the two most unpopular ones in modern American history.

But this new finding from Gallup might say it best.

The pollster asked people how much influence four groups had on members of Congress:

major donors
party leaders, and

It won't surprise you to learn that people think donors and lobbyists have too much influence. In fact, strong majorities say both have "a lot" of influence -- 64 percent for big donors and 55 percent for lobbyists.


But the really stunning number is how little influence people think constituents have -- as in, almost none.


If you want to know why Americans were willing to throw the electoral Hail Marys that are/were Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, this is it. Americans haven't just grown disenchanted with the influence of special interests; they've lost faith that their members have any interest in representing them, period.
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Old 12 July 2016, 06:32 PM
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And in other news, it's just been discovered that Pope Francis is Catholic.
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Old 13 July 2016, 03:44 AM
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And I am 100% certain it isn't just Americans.
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