What Are Voters Thinking?


We are still over a week away from the first national convention by one of the two major parties and four months away from the General Election on November 8.

At this point in the race for the White House what is on the mind of voters? Pew Research set out to find out.

What was found is that most Americans are not happy with the current state of the race nor with the choices being offered up for their consideration.

w704As you can see from the chart only 43% of Democrats and leaning Democratic are satisfied. Even fewer, 40% of Republicans are satisfied.

When it comes to the question of interest of which party wins, a big majority of Americans think it matter and even more Americans are or have been thinking about the election.

w704aSo who at this stage is getting more voters leaning their way?

w704bAs you can see at this point Hillary Clinton has a 9-point advantage over Donald Trump. Gary Johnson, Jill Stein and other 3rd party candidates trail far behind.

Yet this election cycle more people are voting against a candidate than they are planning on voting for a candidate.

w704cWe have been watching a reality show play out on the national stage, but Americans actually do have real concerns and issues.

w704dTopping the list is (it’s the economy, stupid) followed by terrorism. Rounding out the top 5 issues closely are foreign policy, health care and gun policy.

Of the two major candidates, Clinton and Trump, which is better suited to deal with issues?

w704eClinton has the edge over all, but not by that much. The exception is primarily dealing with race relations, which are back in the spotlight after two police shootings resulting in the death of two black men in two days.

All the rhetoric this campaign cycle is changing the way Washington conducts business to be more in tune with working men and women.

But which of the two major players will change Washington?

w704fAs you can tell from the chart, Trump is most likely to change Washington – but – not for the better.

With the conventions starting on July 18 for Republicans to be followed soon after by the Democrats, all the talk is about uniting the party behind the presumptive presidential nominees.

w704gTrump still has a lot of work to do. If all goes as is speculated, rival Bernie Sanders will lay his campaign to rest and get behind Clinton next week in New Hampshire.

The full Pew Research survey: http://www.people-press.org/2016/07/07/2016-campaign-strong-interest-widespread-dissatisfaction/

From the Cornfield, I am not yet sure for whom I will cast a vote.

I am certain there are two candidates I will not throw my support. I disagree on too many issues and have too many concerns about one of those candidates.

This has me considering two other candidates.

How much faith do I really have in our system of checks and balances to rein in anyone in the Oval Office attempting to push the envelope too far?

Am I willing to vote for a candidate, who most likely has no chance of winning, only to maintain my integrity?

I am a firm believer in voting or keeping my mouth shut for the next four years. Thus, I will cast a ballot for someone – not sure whom.

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I am Mark Ivy, a born and bred Hoosier.
I am father to two wonderful sons, Dave and Kev, of whom I am very proud;
two terrific daughters-in-law, Anna and Hailey; three beautiful granddaughters, Dylan, Alaina and Amelia.

On May 9, 2017, my lung specialist hit me with the news I had maybe six months to live if the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the damage caused by the histoplasmosis described below, ran its normal course. I am now on hospice at home. Content and ready to cross over the river to the other side.

On September 2, 2014, I was diagnosed with disseminated histoplasmosis, a fungal infection, discovered by a biopsy of my larynx.
The infection is fatal if left untreated. For 2 1/2 years I lived under a death sentence being misdiagnosed
with a non-specific bacterial infection which left my right lung a “dried up sponge” and non-functioning.
I was aggressively treated for the infection with antifungals.
The treatment ended October of 2015 and fortunately did not take two years.

I suffer from chronic Horton’s Syndrome. The effects vary widely causing various problems.
Statistically, Horton’s affects only 0.1% of the population. Major depression also attacks me regularly.

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