Learned helplessness - the tool that religions and governments employ against young minds in order to manipulate them. Yes, there is a lot of it around, but it was indoctrinated into them. Most Americans are functionally uneducated, but they believe otherwise. So they wait for someone to come along and fix things.
We're in a scary time. I don't really expect people to think logically. We're all worried about what's going to happen next.