Most Americans are feeling pessimistic about the state of democracy in their country, according to a new poll conducted by the Associated Press.
Only 16% of Americans surveyed said that democracy is working well or extremely well in the United States, a sentiment shared by individuals of all political persuasions. Almost half of Americans, 45%, think that democracy isn’t functioning properly. A little more than a third, 38%, say democracy is working only somewhat well.
According to the Associated Press, the poll’s findings are “broadly consistent with how Americans graded democracy before the election,” however there was a noticeable partisan swing in views about democracy since the 2020 election.
Last October, 68% of self-identified Republicans said democracy was working at least somewhat well. After the election, though, only 36% of Republicans felt that way. Conversely, in October, just 37% of Democrats believed democracy was working at least somewhat well, but after Joe Biden won the election, that number increased to 70%. (Read more from “Poll: Only 16% of Americans Say U.S. Democracy Is Working” HERE)