Principal Investigators: Shibley Telhami and Stella Rouse. A survey sponsored by University of Maryland Critical Issues Poll, fielded by Nielsen Scarborough. Central Findings on the State of the 2016 Presidential Race: While Hillary Clinton held a sizable lead over Donald Trump, Americans are also looking for a break with the status quo. About two thirds say they strongly agreed or somewhat agreed that “the system is rigged against people like me.” More than half of respondents in our sample see Donald Trump as the more likely agent of change, yet Americans are split on the type of political change they prefer (gradual or revolutionary). Key Findings Questionnaire
I AM CONCERNED WHY IT TOOK SO LONG FOR THE PEOPLE HERE IN AMERICA JUST NOW TO START TO PAY ATTENTION HOW BADLY OUR SOCIAL SECURITY FUNDS ARE SO MUCH BEHIND LIKE OVER 4,2 BILLION DOLLARS…. AND WHY DOES IT TAKE SO LONG TO GET IT FIXED. MY SELF I WOULD HAVE ADDRESSED IT YEARS AGO, BUT I AM JUST ONE PERSON AND I DO NOT KNOW WHO TO CONTACT AND WHAT TO DO, BECAUSE MOSTLY NO ONE PAYS ATTENTION TO ONE PERSON. BUT IT MUST BE CORRECTED BECAUSE IT IS OUR MONEY ALL OF US PAYED IN, WHILE WE WORKED SO HARD ALL OUR LIFE, AND WE EXPECT TO RECEIVE OUR RETIREMENT PAY. BUT NOW WE ARE TOLD THAT THE SOCIAL SECURITY FUNDS ARE GONE, AND THAT ALL THE ” IOU’S” IN THE SOCIAL SECURITY FUNDS DO NOT EVEN HAVE TO BE PAYED BACK BY THE PERSONS IN CONGRESS. THIS IS OUR MONEY WE PAYED IN AND WE THE PEOPLE TRUSTED THE PEOPLE WE VOTED FOR TO REPRESENT US TO DO THE RIGHT JOB WHILE IN OFFICE AND TO BE HONEST TO DO WHAT THE PROMISE’D AND NOT TO USE OUR MONEY FOR THEM SELF, OR FOR WHAT EVER REASON THE FEEL THE NEED THE MONEY FOR AND WASTED OUR MONEY, WHILE THE WAR IN OFFICE TO REPRESENT US WORKING PEOPLE. I SAY THE LAW NEEDS TO BE CHANGED. AND THE PEOPLE IN CONGRESS NEED TO BE MADE TO PAY THE ”IOU’S” BACK. IT IS OUR MONEY, TO GET BACK WHEN WE RETIRE,.FOR US TO LIVE AND SUPPORT OUR SELF’S. ALL OF THEM IN CONGRESS WOULD NOT HAVE THERE JOBS IF WE DO NOT VOTE FOR THEM TO REPRESENT US AND THAT IS THE HONEST FACT.