If Donald Trump’s poll numbers tell us anything, it’s that Americans are angry.
Angry with what they perceive to be government ineptitude, angry with the economy, angry with US foreign policy, angry with just about everything.
The palpable sense of rage has manifested itself in support for dark horse presidential candidates like Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders and is also apparent in “incidents” like that which occurred on Saturday when armed militiamen seized a remote government building in Oregon.
Just how mad are Americans? Very, according to a new poll conducted by Esquire, SurveyMonkey, and NBC News. Here’s the preface from Esquire:
WE THE PEOPLE ARE PISSED. THE BODY POLITIC IS BURNING UP. AND THE ANGER THAT COURSES THROUGH OUR HEADLINES AND NEWS FEEDS—ABOUT INJUSTICE AND INEQUALITY, ABOUT MARGINALIZATION AND DISENFRANCHISEMENT, ABOUT WHAT THEY ARE DOING TO US—SHOWS NO SIGN OF ABATING. ESQUIRE TEAMED UP WITH NBC NEWS TO SURVEY 3,000 AMERICANS ABOUT WHO'S ANGRIEST, WHAT'S MAKING THEM ANGRY, AND WHO'S TO BLAME.
LET'S BEGIN WITH THE BIG REVEALS: Half of all Americans are angrier today than they were a year ago. White Americans are the angriest of all. And black Americans are more optimistic about the future of the country and the existence of the American dream. There are depths and dimensions, dark corners and subtle contours to our national mood, and setting aside the issue of who actually has a right to be angry and about what—these pages are neutral territory; everyone is allowed their beef—we found three main factors shaping American rage: expectations, empathy, and experience.
Below, find some of the highlights which include the fact that when it comes to being "pissed", no one is angrier than white people and Republicans. "Overall, 49 percent of Americans said they find themselves feeling angrier now about current events than they were one year ago," NBC writes. "Whites are the angriest, with 54 percent saying they have grown more outraged over the past year [while] sixty-one percent of Republicans say current events irk them more today than a year ago, compared to 42 percent of Democrats."