Pa. Voter Panel: Nation Still Divided, Democrats 'Out of Touch'

May 8, 2017

A panel of Pennsylvania voters told CBS host John Dickerson in a segment aired Sunday that the nation remains divided after President Trump's first 100 days in office.

One panelist, a life-long Democrat, called the Democratic Party "out of touch," while another said Democrats' continued focus on Russia's involvement in the 2016 presidential election made them "look a little desperate."

The panelists were all from Reading, Pa., a city in the southeastern part of the state that in 2010 had the largest share of its residents living in poverty, according to Census Bureau data. Reading also helped Donald Trump win Pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes and the presidency in 2016.

Just over 100 days into Trump's term, however, the panelists said the nation is still as divided as it was during the general election. They agreed that Trump is more concerned with message than policy, using words like "scary," "tenuous," uncertain," and "divisive" to describe the political landscape.

Among those critical of the president, one voter said that Trump's "focus has been on the media far too much," and he needs to focus on just doing "a good job."

Trump supporters praised the president's "no-nonsense" mentality, especially how it has played out in his foreign policy.

Beyond Trump, several panelists had harsh words for the Democratic Party.

"I've been a Democrat all my life," one panelist said. "I think the Democrats, not only are they out of touch, they have no interest in correcting the situation."

His words echoed the findings of a poll last month, which concluded that voters considered Democrats more "out of touch" than Republicans or Trump.

"WikiLeaks confirmed that Hillary Clinton and the Democratic establishment are liars," he continued, "and that they had their thumb on the scale for Hillary Clinton. So what are they basically saying? If we hadn't been caught lying, we'd control the country right now."

Later in the panel, Dickerson asked if anyone had" a story that you hear about all the time, that you think, this story is not important, and I don't want to hear any more about it?"

"We'll go with Russia," one panelist quickly responded, "because that was one of the things that's driving me absolutely mad."

"I think Russia already been proven to not have any impact on our elections," she continued. "And so to try to keep going on that really makes the Democrats look a little desperate."