Boiling Point: 70% of Americans angry at political establishment

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Americans feel better about their family finances and the national economy, but most are still very angry at the nation’s financial and political establishment — leaving many to suspect only major social unrest will release the building tension.

The new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds 70 percent of Americans are angry “because our political system seems to only be working for the insiders with money and power, like those on Wall Street or in Washington,” NBC News reports.

That figure is almost identical to what the poll found in 2015, when the economy was worse off.

“Four years ago, we uncovered a deep and boiling anger across the country engulfing our political system,” said Democratic pollster Jeff Horwitt, whose firm conducted this survey along with the Republican firm Public Opinion Strategies. “Four years later, with a very different political leader in place, that anger remains at the same level.”

While most Americans realize they are better off now, they have little faith the good economic news will hold. The poll found 56 percent of Americans were “anxious and uncertain because the economy still feels rocky and unpredictable.”

The figure is also stagnant because the views of both parties have switched.

“In 2015, 39 percent of Republicans and 44 percent of Democrats said a feeling of anger at the political establishment defined them ‘very well.'” NBC News reports. “Now, it’s 29 percent of Republicans and 54 percent of Democrats — a 10-point swing for each party, in opposite directions.”

The findings lend credence to a growing view that America, and perhaps the world, could be subject to domestic unrest in the near future.

What are you doing to prepare for a possible social or economic upheaval?

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