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7 in 10 say US democracy is threatened: survey

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Seven in 10 Americans say democracy and the rule of law in the U.S. are “threatened,” according to a CBS News survey.

The survey, released Sunday, found just 29 percent of Americans say that a democratic system of government is “secure” or “very secure,” while 71 percent said that it was at risk.

The fears come after a violent mob of President Trump supporters overtook the U.S. Capitol, which left lawmakers and staff hiding in fear for their lives for hours along with general disparagement of the integrity of the U.S. voting system by President Trump.

More than half of Americans at 51 percent expect politically-motivated violence in the U.S. to increase in the years ahead, while just 18 percent said it would be reduced. Thirty-one percent said they expected the current level of violence around the country to continue.

The poll comes days ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Biden on Wednesday, which will be held in a Washington, D.C. facing an unprecedented lockdown as a result of security concerns brought on by supporters of the president.

Much of the downtown area remains under security restrictions. One woman was arrested Sunday claiming to be a member of Trump’s Cabinet while attempting to breach the perimeter.

The president issued a statement from the White House last week calling on his supporters to reject calls to violence ahead of Biden’s inauguration.

While Trump said he would participate in an orderly transition of power right after Congress officially counted the Electoral College votes in Biden’s favor, he continued to raise doubts about the outcome of the election and did not outright denounce the riot at the Capitol that left five people dead.

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