Why are Americans so angry?

Attendees at Donald Trump rally in Nashua, N.H. 28 December 2015

The unbelievably long US presidential election race has citizens of other countries scratching their heads and wondering why Americans are so angry. Let’s face it, Americans tend to have amazingly comfortable lives compared to most people ex-US, so what’s got the Yanks all riled up? BBC News reports:

Americans are generally known for having a positive outlook on life, but with the countdown for November’s presidential election now well under way, polls show voters are angry. This may explain the success of non-mainstream candidates such as Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders. But what is fuelling the frustration?

A CNN/ORC poll carried out in December 2015 suggests 69% of Americans are either “very angry” or “somewhat angry” about “the way things are going” in the US.

And the same proportion – 69% – are angry because the political system “seems to only be working for the insiders with money and power, like those on Wall Street or in Washington,” according to a NBC/Wall Street Journal poll from November.

Many people are not only angry, they are angrier than they were a year ago, according to an NBC/Esquire survey last month – particularly Republicans (61%) and white people (54%) but also 42% of Democrats, 43% of Latinos and 33% of African Americans.

Candidates have sensed the mood and are adopting the rhetoric…

[continues at BBC News]

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