The American people have lost patience with traditional politicians in the United States as they seek a candidate to vote for in next year’s presidential election, an investigative journalist in Florida says.
“People are fed up with the traditional politician,” said Wayne Madsen, who is also an author and columnist specializing in intelligence and international affairs.
“This is the year of the non-politician because people are just fed up,’ Madsen said during a phone interview with Press TV on Tuesday.
“This is why Donald Trump is very popular and he looks like he’s got staying power,” he added.
A new Washington Post-ABC News poll released Monday found that the vast majority of Americans say people in politics are not trustworthy and the US political system is dysfunctional.
More than 7 in 10 Americans, 72 percent, believe most US politicians “cannot be trusted,” according to the poll.
Only 23 percent think most people in politics can be trusted, the survey found.
More than 6 in 10, 64 percent, also say the US political system is “dysfunctional,” while only 33 percent say it’s “functional.”
The poll highlights the degree of dissatisfaction toward the US government and politics that is shaping the current presidential campaign.
As a result, the polls shows, a growing number of Americans are seeking candidates from outside the political establishment.
Nearly 60 percent of Republicans now say they prefer the next president to have experience that comes from outside the political establishment. About a quarter of Democrats say the same.
Some two-thirds of the Republicans who say they are looking for non-political experience currently support either Donald Trump or Ben Carson, the two non-politicians.
The Washington Post-ABC News poll shows that Trump continues to dominate the contest for the Republican nomination in the race for the White House.