AP-NORC POLL SHOWS FEW AMERICANS THINK DEMOCRACY IS WORKING WELL
Only a fragment of Americans believe democracy is thriving in the US, even as broad majorities agree that representative government is one of the country’s bedrock principles, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, Steven Sloan and Thomas Beaumont reported.
Just 16% of Americans say democracy is working well or extremely well, a pessimism that spans the political spectrum. Nearly half of Americans, 45%, think democracy isn’t functioning properly, while another 38% say it’s working only somewhat well.
The core elements of democratic government, including free and fair elections and the peaceful transfer of power, were put to a dire test by the baseless claims of election fraud advanced by former President Donald Trump.
Those assertions of fraud were a root cause of the deadly violence at the US Capitol last month, which damaged the country’s reputation as a model for democracy.
Trump will face an unprecedented second impeachment trial in the Senate this week for his role in sparking the violence. About half of Americans say the Senate should convict the Republican former president.