Most say voting vital despite dour US outlook: AP-NORC poll

  • Cornelius Whiting fills out his ballot at an early voting location in Alexandria, Va., Sept. 26. A new poll shows 71% of voters think the future of the country is at stake when they vote in November’s midterm elections. That’s according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

WASHINGTON — From his home in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, Graeme Dean says there’s plenty that’s disheartening about the state of the country and politics these days. At the center of one of this year’s most competitive U.S. Senate races, he’s on the receiving end of a constant barrage of vitriolic advertising that makes it easy to focus on what’s going wrong.