A new survey shows how Americans are debating how to get their political opinions across.
The study of 5,500 Americans was conducted in early September and found that Americans who are currently voting are most concerned about their own opinions and least concerned about the candidates and issues that matter most to them.
They also are the least interested in the candidates’ promises and actions.
The poll also found that a majority of those who are planning to vote say that they are confident that their choices will influence the country’s direction.
The survey of 1,200 likely voters was conducted online and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
“In the past few weeks, we have seen a surge of activity on social media that is a reflection of the anxiety Americans feel about the state of the nation and the nation’s economy,” said Dan Mendelson, executive director of the National Bureau of Economic Research.
“There are now a significant number of people who are actively engaging in a public conversation about what they think should be done to strengthen the country.”
The survey of 6,000 likely voters, conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, found that just over half of Americans say that there is no need to change the way they vote, while 46% say they are more likely to vote for a candidate who disagrees with them on a particular issue.
A large majority of Americans (56%) believe that voting is a “public good,” and a plurality of Republicans (37%) and Democrats (36%) agree.
However, the majority of Republicans and Democratic voters say they have less confidence in the U.S. Supreme Court, while independents (56%), blacks (53%), and Latinos (53%) are less likely to believe that the court is independent.
“The majority of registered voters, regardless of their political party, believe that it is important to vote,” said Peter Brown, president and CEO of Greenberg Quinster Rosner.
“They say that this is their civic duty and that the election is about them and their votes, not just those of others.”
The poll found that more than a third of Republicans believe that electing a Republican president will have a negative impact on the country, while Democrats are more divided.
In contrast, a majority (56% of Democrats) of Republicans, while less than a quarter (23%) of independents, believe this to be the case.
When it comes to issues, Americans who say they’re voting for a Republican presidential candidate are more concerned about how to deal with climate change and immigration (both of which are in the spotlight) than the economy (19% each).
A majority of voters (57%) say that immigration is the most important issue for them to care about, while only 16% say the economy is.
While Americans are more optimistic about their ability to influence their vote, they are less confident about their chances to get elected in the 2020 presidential election.
Roughly half of registered Republicans (48%) say they would like to vote in 2020, while 43% say this is more likely.
Among Democrats, only 26% say their chances of getting elected in 2020 are more than 30%, while 31% say it is less likely.