Americans have had it with our broken, dysfunctional political system
The nation and its 335 million citizens are facing a federal government shutdown due to the inability of Congress to govern.
But if politicians think the people support their endless bickering and inability to do their job, they best check a new poll from the Pew Research Center with shocking results that show Americans have had it with the dysfunctional two-party system.
It’s hard to overstate what Pew found when it asked some very straightforward questions such as “is the political system working?” of about 14,000 adults.
Only 4% said “the system is working extremely well or very well” while a whopping 63% “express not too much or no confidence at all in the future of the U.S. political system” and only 16% say “they trust the federal government always or most of the time” — a historic low.
Tellingly, 28% “express unfavorable views of both parties” — while in Pew’s 1994 poll only 6% held that negative view of the two-party system. And again, that’s reflected in the finding that 25% “do not feel well-represented by either party.”
But the Trump-Biden dissatisfaction doesn’t stop there. Pew found that “just 26%” rate the quality of all current political candidates as “very or somewhat good, down about 20 points since 2018.”
Sixty-five percent say they’re always/often “exhausted when thinking about politics these days” with 55% saying they’re “angry.” As for “hopeful”? Fifty-six percent say they’re “rarely/never” hopeful and a whopping 78% say they’re “rarely/never excited” about our political situation. It’s no wonder our young people are suffering high levels of mental anguish considering the future they’re facing.
While the ugly Republican-versus-Democrats theater goes on endlessly like a name-calling fight on an elementary school playground, Pew found: “More than eight in ten Americans (86%) say the following is a good description of politics: ‘Republicans and Democrats are more focused on fighting each other than on solving problems.’”
That seems to back up why 40% of the general public now identify as “independents” instead of the 30% who say they’re Republicans or the 30% who say they’re Democrats.