The primary and general elections are almost here and the outlook on state and national politics remains overwhelmingly negative, according to Pew Research Center data. Nearly 28% of those surveyed have negative views of both parties, the highest share in three decades, while a quarter of adults feel they’re not well represented by either party.

Peverill Squire, a University of Missouri political sciences professor speculates that a majority of voters will vote against a candidate, versus voting for someone that they want to become president.

“I think, in general, when you ask people before a presidential election whether they’re satisfied with the candidates, we’re often unsatisfied with them,” he explained. “In part, that’s because of campaign season in this country is so long that everybody gets pretty tired and, of course, now, we’ve got a rematch, which is not something we’re generally used to.”

He explained that the high cost of living could be a factor in who the preferred candidate might be.

“I think a lot of people are still unhappy that the cost of living has gone up particularly in the housing sector and also when you go to the grocery store, and we’ll see how that plays out over the next couple of months,” he said. “You know, we have a whole growing season to get through in terms of the agricultural community.”

The study also found that positive views of many governmental and political institutions are at historic lows – just 16% of the public say that they trust the federal government always or most of the time.

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