WASHINGTON — Republicans and Democrats feel a massive disconnect with their political parties and helpless about the election.
That’s according to a new poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, which helps explain the rise of outsider candidates Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.
Just 12 percent of Republicans think the GOP is very responsive to ordinary voters, while 25 percent of Democrats say the same of their party.
Among all Americans, the AP-NORC poll found that just 8 percent consider the Republican Party to be very or extremely responsive to what ordinary voters think. The Democratic Party only fares slightly better, with 14 percent saying the party is very or extremely responsive.