American democracy is failing – poll – RT World News

Only half of respondents trust the US voting system, AP-NORC survey finds

Many in America are skeptical of the country’s electoral system and are pessimistic about the state of American democracy, according to a new poll conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

On Wednesday, AP reported that only about half of Americans today have high confidence that their votes in the upcoming midterm elections will be accurately counted. Nonetheless, the numbers are actually higher than two years ago, when the figure was four out of ten.

What’s more, only 9% of adults in the United States said they thought democracy worked. “extremely” Where “very good,” compared to 52% who said it didn’t work well.

AP notes that following the 2020 presidential race, which saw Joe Biden defeat incumbent President Donald Trump, Republicans became more likely to say democracy was not working well. 68% of Republican voters said they feel this way today, up from 32% two years ago. Meanwhile, the number of Democrats who are pessimistic about American democracy has fallen from 63% in 2020 to 40% today.

The poll, which surveyed 1,121 adults across the United States earlier this month, also showed that a large portion of Republicans have lost faith in the electoral system, as 45% expressed little or no confidence in the fact that the upcoming midterm elections will be counted accurately. Democrats, on the other hand, seem overwhelmingly satisfied with the system, with 74% saying they are “very confident” in the mid-term results.

Many Republicans have reportedly lost faith in the US electoral system after Trump accused Biden of stealing the 2020 presidential election using tampered voting machines and voter fraud, specifically pointing to mail-in ballots, which ended up tipping the scales in favor of the Democratic candidate. favor several days after election day.

Although Trump’s claims and lawsuits were ultimately dismissed in US courts, some 58% of Republicans still believe Biden’s election was not legitimate.

The AP survey comes ahead of the Nov. 8 midterm elections where Republicans could win back a majority in both houses of the U.S. Congress, as many Americans grow increasingly frustrated with the ruling Democratic Party, l accusing him of failing to fight inflation, illegal immigration and rising crime. rate, media and analyst report.

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