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Republicans and 2020 Trump voters were more likely to describe their mood this year as “frustrated,” perhaps driven by Trump’s permanent state of victimhood and his complaints about being targeted by the justice system and the Biden administration. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images
Peter Hamby
April 16, 2024

President Joe Biden’s approval ratings are lousy, the equally unpopular Donald Trump is on trial, Congress is impotent, prices and interest rates are annoyingly high, and the Middle East feels like it’s on the brink of a larger war. So—surprise!—Americans feel pretty downbeat about the presidential election that’s coming down the pike.

An eye-popping 61 percent of likely voters described their mood about the 2024 election as “frustrated,” “anxious,” “disenchanted” or “indifferent” in a new poll from Echelon Insights. Offered a choice of words to describe the upcoming election between Biden and Trump, only 14 percent of voters in the survey said they felt “hopeful” about the campaign. Only 4 percent felt “energized.” (Maybe those are the Robert F. Kennedy Jr. fans?) The survey is the latest from Puck’s election year partnership with Echelon Insights, digging into how voters really feel about the 2024 race. Echelon surveyed 1,020 likely voters, matched to the L2 voter file, from April 12-14.