The presidential campaign brings on clinical depression

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It will likely be Donald Trump versus Hillary Clinton in the November presidential election.

The presidential primary campaign concludes Tuesday, at which point Hillary Clinton almost certainly will exceed the number of delegates she needs for the Democratic nomination—setting up the Trump-versus-Clinton general-election campaign.

Of all the things that can be said about the race, one of the most telling is that it has certainly depressed Americans generally and New Yorkers specifically.

Earlier this week, Siena released its latest New York survey results on the crucial question of whether voters think the country and the state are “headed in the right direction.” I compared those results with the national figures from the most recent New York Times poll and Quinnipiac’s survey of city voters’ attitudes toward the future of the five boroughs.

While there are other reasons for this distress, sometimes a presidential campaign would give at least some people hope. Not this year in what is the political equivalent of clinical depression—which is especially noteworthy given the improving national economy and strong growth in New York.

Inexplicably, New York City voters are actually much more optimistic about the prospects for the state, with 47% saying it is headed in the right direction.

By the way, Siena shows Clinton with a huge lead over Trump in the state (52% to 31%), in sharp contrast to a recent poll that showed a toss-up in New Jersey.