Disappointed with choices, many voters still undecided

Some turning to third-party candidates, others still undecided between presumptive nominees

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton campaigning in West Virginia. (AP photos)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Do you know who you are voting for in this year’s presidential election? It might surprise you that with 140 days left, many people still have not yet decided.

Sandra Riggio of Springfield told 22News that she is disappointed with the candidates in this year’s race. “I just don’t know, I don’t know. I don’t like the people who are running, so I don’t know,” she said.

Not knowing is a common trend this election season. According to a new CNBC poll, 25% of registered voters are still undecided, and another 14% don’t like either major party’s presumptive nominee.

In most presidential races, both the Democratic and Republican voters would throw their support behind whomever is presumed to be their party’s nominee. This year, however, is a little different. On the Democratic side, for instance, 20% of voters who support Bernie Sanders say they refuse to vote for anyone else.

“If it means either having a hypocrite or a racist for a president, I’m just not going to vote, because I’m not for any of that. I don’t support any of that, I’m all set,” Michael Baracchi of Connecticut said.

Other voters want to use this election as an opportunity to voice their displeasure with the establishment.

“Gary Johnson and Bill Weld, the Libertarian Party is an alternative. It might be an opportunity to send a message to the world and to the country that there are other candidates other than the establishment,” Dana Barrows of West Springfield said.

Continuing Coverage: Decision 2016

Americans might be indecisive when it comes to a candidate, but when it comes to issues, the economy and unemployment are at the top of the list. The only problem is that some voters are not confident the new president will actually address them.

“Every time someone promises us something, it doesn’t happen,” Sandra Riggio of Springfield said.

Neither Democrat Hillary Clinton nor Republican Donald Trump has managed to reach universal support within their party.

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