Survey: Nine In 10 U.S. Adults Say Washington Is Out Of Touch


NEW YORK (UPI) — Nine in 10 U.S. adults say Washington is out of touch with the rest of the country, compared to 87 percent in 2011 and 70 percent in 2010, a survey indicates.

The Harris Poll of 2,368 U.S. adults surveyed online from Oct. 16-21 by Harris Interactive found the Alienation Index is 67, compared to 63 in 2011, 52 the year before and 53 in 2009.

The Alienation Index — how people feel their interests are heard and addressed by people with power and influence — found:

— 85 percent of U.S. adults say the people running the country don’t really care what happens to them, compared to 73 percent in 2011 and 50 percent in 2010.

— 80 percent say the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer, compared to 73 percent in 2011.

— 69 percent say most people in power try to take advantage of people like them compared to 63 percent two years ago and 53 percent in 2010.

— 61 percent say what they think doesn’t count very much anymore, down from 66 percent in 2011.

— 38 percent say they are left out of things going on around them, compared to 41 percent in 2011.

Republicans score a 65, Democrats score a 66 and Independents score a 68 in the Alienation Index.

No margin of error was provided.

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