Young Americans fearful of future of democracy: poll
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Nearly two-thirds of Americans ages 18-29 say they are fearful about the future of democracy in America, according to a poll released Wednesday.

A Harvard Institute of Politics poll found that 64 percent of young, voting-age Americans are more fearful about the future of democracy in the country than they are hopeful.

The poll also asked respondents who they believe is to blame for existing problems in America. Both Democrats and Republicans strongly blamed politicians, but other responses were split along partisan lines.


More than three-quarters of Democrats under 30 blamed President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump fires intelligence community inspector general who flagged Ukraine whistleblower complaint Trump organization has laid off over 1000 employees due to pandemic: report Trump invokes Defense Production Act to prevent export of surgical masks, gloves MORE, 75 percent blamed money in politics and 69 percent blamed structural racism as responsible for societal woes, according to the poll.

On the Republican side, 72 percent blamed the media, 64 percent blamed political correctness and 63 percent blamed money in politics, according to the poll.

The poll was conducted between March 8-25 and has a margin of error of 2.54 percentage points. 

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) made headlines last week when he told Politico that America's current political divide "is as significant as when we had slave states and anti-slavery states.”

The comments spurred pushback from some Republicans, including Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel, who called them "ridiculous."