Anxiety, Fear and Pessimism Shade Female Swing Voter Views

“Stagnant,” “awful,” “declining,” “shaky.” Anxious voters see a country that's falling apart — and that's (probably) bad news for Democrats.

Citizens vote on Election Day at Fire Station #71 in Alhambra, Los Angeles County, on November 6, 2012 in California, as Americans flock to the polls nationwide to decide between President Barack Obama, his Rebuplican challenger Mitt Romney, and a wide range of other issues. Alhambra is one of 6 cities in California's 49th Assembly District, the state's first legislative district where Asian-Americans make up the majority of the population.

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“The U.S. is in the crapper and it's going to stay that way,” says Tanya, a Louisiana mother participating in a focus group two weeks before the midterm elections. Her sentiments reflect a national mood as voters fearfully take stock of a country that they believe is besieged by bad news and plagued by politicians unwilling to cope with those challenges.

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