What’s on the Minds of Voters


Monday night the two major presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, will look each other in the eye for the first time this political cycle at Hofstra University for the first of three Presidential Debates.

Just in time for this event that is expected to have maybe 100 million viewers tuning in at 9 p.m. (ET), Pew Research has released a new study of what is on voters’ minds.

One thing is very clear. These two are the most disliked of any candidates for President in history.

The main topic on people’s minds is how much they dislike the other candidate over the one for whom they plan to vote.

In other words, people are not voting for anyone – not even the Libertarian Gary Johnson nor the Green Party Dr. Jill Stein. Instead, voters are voting against a candidate whom they despise more than the others.

Check out this chart:


Some 33% voting for Clinton are because she is not Trump. While 32% of those voting for Trump are doing so because he is not Clinton.

When it comes to what concern people voting for either Trump or Clinton, it bears out that this is more about not voting for the other candidate.


Trump voters are worried about his temperament and unpredictability, something which Clinton has been blasting Trump for on the stump.

While Clinton voters take issue with her dishonesty and secrecy, which Trump has effectively hit her rousing doubts on the trail.


This election, even though the vote is against and not for a candidate, it may come down to which side the voters are most enthused about defeating. But enthusiasm for with either Clinton or Trump is minimal.

American voters are beyond just not happy about the choices or the shenanigans of this election cycle:


Finally what do voters say in their own words?


From the Cornfield, will anything change following tomorrow night’s debate?

Personally, I doubt it.

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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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