Voters complain of political overload with presidential election still 3 months away

Voters complain of political overload with presidential election still 3 months away

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Republicans and Democrats duked it out in a war of words at the conventions, and the chatter surrounding who will be the next President of the United States overflows into the streets.

"Everybody's saying that Hillary's going to win," voter Mydreion Morris said.

"I don't think so. I think Trump is going to win. He's got it," said Mydreion's sister, Nicole Morris.

The presidential talk sneaks into voters' lives whether they like it or not, and some say with a little more than three months left in the election, they are already tired and fed up.

"It's 24/7. So I'm pretty done. I would just as soon November be here now and get it over with," voter Denise Winkler said.

"If you go through Facebook, there are things about the election and if you go through Twitter, things about the election. So it is a lot," voter Melika Harris said.

But political analyst Danae Columbus feels presidential fatigue is not an issue.

"I think Louisiana voters are still excited about the campaign and want to be involved in the process," Columbus said.

She believes most voters just started paying attention with the presidential nominees set to face off, and because the outcome of many local elections will also be decided in November.

"[Voters] are just starting to really focus on the races. There's a lot of great state races. The U.S. Senate race here in Louisiana is going to be a fabulous race with a lot of candidates," Columbus said. "Looks like David Duke is going to play well in that race even though a lot of people don't want him to do well, but he probably will, and it looks like in the run off he will be against a strong Democrat. So that will be a very interesting race, as well."

But voters still say they do not like how the presidential race tends to focus on personalities and not the issues.

"I think it's become really childish on both sides. So that's sad to see," voter Carly Burt said.

"The only thing they're similar in is how poor their popularity is," Winkler said.

In a recent Reuters poll, voters' dislike is evident.

The poll says 57 percent of likely Donald Trump voters want him as president simply because they do not like Hillary Clinton, and 55 percent of likely Clinton voters want her as president simply because they do not like Trump. 

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