Luntz Focus Group Of "Angry" Voters Sound Off About Incompetent Congress, Trump, Racism, Broken System


Broadcast on ABC's 'This Week,' pollster Frank Luntz convened a panel of "angry" voters from Orlando, Florida. "Is it possible the system is so broken that we should seek an alternative?" Luntz asked.

Yes, came answers from both sides.

After the group, Luntz joins the ABC 'This Week' roundtable to discuss what they had to say.

KARL: Frank and the rest of the roundtable are back.

Frank, you conducted this focus group and you've done these discussions for a long time. And you did some really tense ones during the campaign. Has it actually gotten worse?

LUNTZ: This is worse.

The organization Andrew created, One People, it's created because of that, because of those people. We did a survey right after, 82 percent of Americans say that we are more divided than at any time in their lifetime, four out of five. And it's across the board -- Republican, Independent, and Democrat.

I had trouble getting control of that group. For 12 minutes, I sat with your producers off the set as they continued to yell at each other, having no idea that I'd even stepped away. And, Jon, you and I have known each other now for 20 years, and governor for about 10 years. We have to do something. We have to hold our party accountable. We have to say enough is enough, because if we don't do it this poison is so deep and so pervasive now it's no wonder our kids are now bullying others and yelling at each other and using language that is so inappropriate, they're getting it from their parents. And if we don't do something, including the news media, than we'll be on the point of no return.

KARL: And, Donna, you were saying that's why so many people are independents right now.

BRAZILE: There's no question. I mean, not just they're parking their grievances as independents. They don't want to have anything to do with either political party. At the same time, I do believe it is a responsibility that we all should take up -- last weekend, I was in Charlottesville with Michael Steele, the former chair of the RNC. The former chair of the DNC and the former chair of the RNC, we sat down in Charlottesville, because we want to find common ground. We want people to start talking to each other and not talking at each other.

I think we have the tools, but we need the leaders who are not afraid to convene these kind of conversations.

LUNTZ: Here's the problem is that they don't have the tools because they're not taught civics, they're not taught American history.

BRAZILE: Good point.

LUNTZ: And so we don't even know how to have this dialogue. I don't want us to talk with each other, I want us to listen to each other. But the young people today and their parents don't know how.

CHRISTIE: Well, there's a difference, I think, I've said all along, I think America was designed to be an argument. America was designed to be an argument. I have no problem with the argument. The problem I have is we're not listening to each other while we argue.

We're arguing at each other rather than to each other. We're arguing to make a point to camera but not to convince each other of our good will at least, if not our position. And there's a way to do this. And but it's harder when you're a politician to do this.

And a lot of our politicians right now are taking the easy way out. They're playing to the grandstand. And as long as we continue to reward that, not only with votes, but with TV time for those people, you're going to keep getting it.

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