Even Apathetic Voters are Angry

In yet another must-read column, Ed Achorn reports on some new numbers from a Brown University poll that show just how unhappy Rhode Islanders are with the state of affairs here as well as in Washington:

Some 94 percent of voters say Rhody’s economy is “not so good” or “poor.”

Only 12 percent have “a great deal” or “a good amount” of confidence that state officials will make the right decisions for Rhode Island’s future.

In this heavily Democratic jurisdiction, 73 percent of voters say they have “just some” or no confidence that Democratic legislators will make the right decisions for the state. Think about that. …

Rhode Island voters are not all that impressed with their representatives in Washington, either.

The $787 billion stimulus bill that cost every man, woman and child in America $2,600, plus interest — rammed through with the help of all four members of the state’s all-Democratic congressional delegation — gets flunking grades. Some 74 percent of Rhode Island voters said it has had no effect on their personal financial situation, while another 12 percent said it hurt. Only 8 percent said it helped. …

And, while Democrat-controlled Washington has focused obsessively on a radical overhaul of health care since President Obama’s inauguration, only 20 percent rate that as the most important issue they want Mr. Obama and Congress to address. More than 54 percent say that jobs, the economy and unemployment should be the top priority.


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