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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

Few voters likely to take part in US mid-term elections

30th October 2010

Low turn out of voters in the ongoing US midterm elections is likely to occur this year, in Las Vegas, Nevada, as the majority voters seem to be disappointed with the unfulfilled pledges made by the governing party—Democrat.

According to fresh released opinion polls, most people in the mineral-rich area, need practical changes.

This is what makes them not ready to vote for any party—Republican or Democrat, this time around.

The Tea Party movement may well be the most powerful and potent force in America but its influential doesn’t help, as it is not registered.

More than half (54 per cent) of Americans believe the Tea Party movement has been a good thing for the US political system, a new survey reveals. Only 22 per cent say it is a bad thing, while 19 per cent say it has made no difference.

This agrees with other recent polls, whereby 55 per cent of Americans said the Tea Party movement could be effective in making major changes in Washington in the near future.

The latest poll also suggests that Tea Party backers – more than one-third (35 per cent) of likely midterm voters – plan to vote for the Republicans by a margin of 84 per cent to 10 per cent. Among the likely voters, the Republicans hold a 50-per cent to 43 per cent edge, up from 3 per cent a month ago.

This is also a big blow for the current US President, Barrack Obama, and his party as he failed to bring the expected hope by millions of Americans.

“People are tired and they are very angry with the situation,” said R&R Partners Chief Executive Officer and Principal Billy Vassiliadis.

He said: “That’s why there is a possibility for people to take any decision. As some might go and others might remain at home.”

Dr Kenneth Fernandez, a political scientist at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), explained that comparing with other elections, few voters would turn out for this year’s elections.

He cited some of the key issues facing this year’s elections as economic recession, which hit ordinary Americans.

“Comparing with the last presidential election (2008), most young people seem not to get involved in the electoral process here in Nevada,” Dr Fernandez told a group of foreign journalists from around the world.

He further noted that nearly 40 per cent of voters would not cast their votes, this year.

UNLV Economics Prof Stephen Brown said many voters were anxious about the economy and unhappy with the Democratic-led Congress.

He said the high level of unemployment among the youth played a big role in this year’s elections as people were hoping Washington to rectify the situation but nothing changed.

Worse enough, the Don said foreclosures of homes as a result of economic downtown added more salt in the wounds of Americans, especially in Nevada.

“This is a bad time in the American history…people are disappointed with this situation,” he said.

Immigration issues are among the key issues highly debated in the midterm elections as Americans are unhappy with the situation, whereby millions of illegal aliens buy homes.

However, Democrat Nevada Senator Harry Reid pledged to bring in a new solar manufacturing plant if re-elected, the move, which was set to put nearly 300 of Nevadans back to work.

Republican Sharron Angle remains slightly ahead in Nevada’s US Senate race for being the fourth in a survey.

The latest survey of Likely Voters in Nevada finds Angle with 49 per cent support to Reid’s 45 per cent.


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