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80 percent of Americans believe the opposing party will destroy the country

With less than three weeks to go until Election Day, voters are showing sky-high interest in this year’s midterm elections. According to NBC News’ latest poll, a majority of Americans believe this election is “more important” than previous ones.

About 80 percent of Americans believe their opposing political party poses a threat to the country and will destroy it if not stopped. The poll shows that nearly two-thirds of Americans would still vote by party specifications even if their candidate had a moral failing that was inconsistent with their own values.

Political scientist and Dillard University professor, Dr. Robert Collins, narrated news week that this election is “driven by fear rather than optimism. Voter enthusiasm appears to be high on both sides, with negative partisanship driving turnout higher. That’s the interesting thing about this cycle.”

Another notable finding is the “anger” Republicans and Democrats show when asked what message they want to send with their vote, NBC News reported Sunday.

Early voting in Nevada
Above, voters cast their ballots on the first day of in-person early voting at Saturday’s Desert Vista Community Center in Las Vegas. A new poll by NBC News shows a large majority of voters believe the opposing political party will harm the country.
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Overall, voters’ top priorities in this medium-term cycle have been focused on the economy. A poll released last week by Morning Consult and Politico showed that 42 percent of Americans’ top concerns are economic issues, such as taxes, wages, jobs and unemployment. Women’s issues like abortion, birth control and equal pay appear to be taking a back seat this election cycle, with just 14 percent of Americans saying it’s a top concern.

Collins said: “Abortion was a hot topic when the Dobbs decision was made and then you saw an uptick in interest. An increase in voter registration for female voters. If the election had happened exactly then, the Democrats would have been in good shape. Once the emotions calm down, the issue becomes less important. Democrats should put more emphasis on this issue, they can’t win on the economy and they can’t win on crime.

According to the NBC News poll, 77 percent of Americans trust their vote will be counted accurately in this election. This shows an increase in confidence from previous elections, as 60 percent of Americans believed President Joe Biden legitimately won the presidency, compared to 33 percent who say he did not.

While this poll shows the president’s approval rating remains at 45 percent, 71 percent of voters believe the country is going in the wrong direction. NBC News says it’s the sixth poll they’ve conducted where “wrong track” accounted for more than 70 percent. 80 percent of Americans believe the opposing party will destroy the country

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