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Voter frustrations with presidential candidates leave many undecided

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Recent polls show voters are frustrated and disgusted with major party choices for president and just 3 weeks away from elections, many are still undecided on their vote. 

Furman University Political Science professor Dr. Brent Nelsen, said both Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton have the highest negative ratings of any candidate we've ever seen.  He says the dissatisfaction with candidates could turn some people to third party or write-in candidates.

"People who write in, will write in their favorite politician or Donald Duck or some strange thing.  But, they're registering a protest, they're not really voting for a person they think can win the presidency," he said.

Dr. Nelsen's statement is consistent with Pew Research Center data that suggests widespread disenchantment toward this year's presidential election.  It found that the majority of voters, fifty-seven percent, are frustrated with the campaigns and fifty-five percent said they were disgusted with them. Thirty-one percent polled said they were interested, and only fifteen percent replied optimistic. Ten percent of the respondents said they were excited.

There are also many undecided voters, who are unsure who they will vote for just 3 weeks shy of the elections.  Dr. Nelson said those undecided voters could have an impact on the election.

South Carolina is one of 9 states that don't allow write-in candidates for president or vice president.  North Carolina and Georgia require write-in candidates to register before the election to be considered a viable candidate.

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