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Surprising fact: only 10% of Americans are satisfied with democracy in their country

According to a survey, the majority of the population is pessimistic about how the laws in this area are working. The motives.

A striking fact in the country that embraces the flag of democracy as one of its pillars. Barely 10% of Americans approve of the way the democracy works in United States and how it represents the interests of the citizenry, reveals a survey released this Friday.

According to The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll, most adults in the United States say they laws and policies are not working in terms of representing what the majority wants, on issues like the economy, public spending, gun ownership, immigration and abortion.

The survey indicates that a 53% say Congress is doing a poor job of upholding democratic valuescompared to just 16% who say they are doing a good job.

The findings illustrate widespread political alienation in the United States, a polarized country It is stumbling out of the pandemic and through a recovery clouded by inflation and recession fears.

In interviews, many citizens were less concerned with the machinery of democracy – such as electoral laws and vote tabulation – than with the results.

The seat of the United States Supreme Court, in Washington. Photo: REUTERS

negative perception

Overall, about half the population (49%) say that democracy is not working well in the United States, compared with 10% who say it is working very well or extremely well and 40% who say it is working harder. or less well.

About half say that political parties are doing a bad job in defending democracy, including 47% who say that about Democrats and even more (56%) who say that about Republicans.

“I don’t think any of them are doing a good job just because of the state of the economy: inflation is killing us,” said Michael Brown, a 45-year-old accountant and father of two in Bristol, Connecticut. “Right now I’m winning as much as ever, and I’m fighting as much as ever,” he said.

Brown, who describes himself as a moderate Republican, has seen how The United States did not fulfill its democratic promise ever since he learned in high school that the Electoral College allows someone to become president without winning a majority of the national vote. But now he is especially disappointed in Congress, since he believes that his obsessions do not reflect the will of the people.

The president of the United States, Joe Biden, convened an international summit on democracy last December.  Photo: REUTERS

The president of the United States, Joe Biden, convened an international summit on democracy last December. Photo: REUTERS

“They’re fighting about something, and it has nothing to do with the economy,” Brown said, noting the GOP-controlled House investigation into President Joe Biden’s son. “Hunter Biden, what does that have to do with us?” he asked.

The survey also shows that 53% of Americans believe that the views of “people like you” are not being represented.

35% say they feel moderately represented and 12% say they feel very well or extremely well represented. About 60% of Republicans and independents think the government is not representing them well, compared to 40% for Democrats.

The survey shows that the vast majority of Americans (71%) believe that what the majority wants should be very important when writing laws and policies, but only 48% believe that is the reality.

Immigration, abortion, guns and other contentious issues

AND Opinions become more negative when it comes to specific topics: Approximately two-thirds of adults believe that policies on immigration, public spending, abortion, and gun ownership are not representative of the views of the majority of the citizenry, and nearly the same number feel the same about the economy and LGBTQ+ themes.

More than half say that current policies they do not reflect what the majority wants in terms of public health and the environment.

The AP-NORC survey of 1,220 adults was conducted June 22-26 using an AmeriSpeak sample, designed to be representative of the entire US population. It has a margin of error of +/- 3.9 percentage points.

Fountain: Associated Press


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