Poll: Americans feel ‘alarmed’ and ‘uneasy’ about Trump, Washington

Americans increasingly view the investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election as a serious concern, a new USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll finds, amid rising anxiety about President Trump’s leadership and the nation’s direction.

How are we feeling?

Try “alarmed,” the option chosen by 42% of those surveyed when asked how they felt when they think about how things are going in Washington today. An additional 33% feel “uneasy.” Just 11% choose the positive “excited.”

The air of angst is bipartisan. Nine of 10 Democrats feel uneasy or alarmed; so do a majority of Republicans. David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center, says the poll signals “an overall sense that Washington, D.C., is wilting as summer’s heat sets in.”

The fierce congressional debate over whether to overhaul the nation’s health care system is driving a sense of turmoil and uncertainty for some. So are the widening Russia probes by special counsel Robert Mueller and five congressional committees.


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