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UMass Poll Measures Voters’ Fear, Anger And Worries Approaching Midterm Elections

As the nation approaches the 2022 midterm elections, American voters expressed fear, anger and a great deal of worry in a new national UMass Amherst Poll, the results of which were released Oct. 21. Nearly three-quarters of Democratic voters (74%) and 65% of Republican voters said that they will be angry – and three-quarters of both party’s voters said they will be afraid – if the opposing party takes control of Congress, the poll of 1,000 respondents found. “As each national election has increasingly been viewed by the public as a zero-sum affair, in which one party wins and another loses, and as candidates on both sides of the partisan divide tout each election as the ‘most important of our lifetimes,’ it is no shock that majorities of both Democratic and Republican voters express fear and anger if the opposing party takes control of the U.S. Congress,” says Tatishe Nteta, Provost Professor of Political Science and Director of the UMass Poll. (WCVB-TV 5 Boston, 10/21/22; News Office release)

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