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8 in 10 worried about future of democracy in US: poll

More than 8 in 10 registered voters in a new poll are worried about the future of American democracy.

The survey, conducted by USA Today and Suffolk University, found that 83 percent of registered voters polled were very or somewhat worried about the future of America’s democracy.

For comparison, 15 percent of registered voters said they are not very worried or not at all worried about the future of America’s democracy.

Both Democrats and Republicans, 82 percent and 86 percent, respectively, said they are very or somewhat worried about the future of democracy.

The poll results come as the U.S. is preparing to recognize the anniversary of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, when a mob of Trump supporters stormed the building in an effort to thwart the certification of the Electoral College results for the 2020 presidential election.

Thursday marks one year since the deadly riot.

A majority of respondents in the USA Today-Suffolk University poll had a negative outlook on the state of American democracy compared to four years ago. Roughly 71 percent of registered voters surveyed said America’s democracy is weaker than it was four years ago, while only about 18 percent said it is stronger.

About 6 percent of respondents said America’s democracy is the same as it was four years ago, and about 4 percent said they are undecided.

When examining the state of America’s democracy on political lines, however, results differed. Fifty-nine percent of Democrats said they believe American democracy is weaker than it was four years ago, while 85 percent of Republicans said the same.

On the other hand, 31 percent of Democrats said America’s democracy is stronger than it was, compared to 9 percent of Republicans.

The poll surveyed 1,000 registered voters from Dec. 27 to Dec. 30. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

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