By Carroll Doherty of Pew Research Center
The strength and stability of democracy has become a subject of intense debate in the United States and around the world. But how do Americans feel about their own democracy? As part of a year-long effort to study “Facts, Trust and Democracy” Pew Research Center has conducted a major survey of public views of the U.S. political system and American democracy. The survey finds that while Americans are in broad agreement on important ideals relating to democracy in the U.S., they think the nation is falling short in realizing many of these ideals.
About three-quarters of the public (76%) say it would be “too risky” to give presidents more power to deal directly with the nation’s problems.
A large majority of the public (67%) says “their side” in politics has been losing more often than winning in recent years on issues that matter to them.