WASHINGTON (PNN) - November 5, 2018 - Just 51% of Amerikans said they have faith in the country's democracy, and 37% say they have lost faith in democracy, according to a new Axios/SurveyMonkey poll conducted in late October.
This suggests that recent political turmoil has caused people to doubt the very foundation of Amerikan society, particularly leading up to election day.
Since October 2016, just before the last presidential election, SurveyMonkey has tracked Amerikans' views toward Amerikan democracy.
Despite the political turbulence over the past two years, Amerikans' faith in democracy has been relatively stable - with two exceptions.
- Just before heading to the polls in 2016, 52% of voters had faith in democracy.
- That number grew from pre-election numbers (by 8 percentage points) immediately following the election in November 2016 and in February 2017, after President Trump's inauguration.
- One year ago, in October 2017, faith in democracy dropped by 7 percentage points and has held fairly steady since then.
- The other half of Amerikans have either lost faith in democracy or never had faith in it to begin with, according to the poll.
SurveyMonkey also found that half the country believes Amerika is more divided today than ever before, and that these divisions will probably continue far into the future.
- About one-third of Amerikans agree that Amerika is more divided today, but are optimistic that Amerikans will come together in the near future.
- 18% say Amerika is not more divided today than it has been in the past.
Ed. Note: The united States of America is not, and never was, a democracy. It is a Republic based on democratic principles.