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Why Voters Are Worried About Democracy, In Their Own Words

FiveThirtyEight Politics

ABC News

News, Politics

4.620.3K Ratings

🗓️ 16 May 2024

⏱️ 38 minutes

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Concerns about democracy are central to the 2024 election. Late last year, Gallup recorded a record low number of Americans who said they are satisfied with the way democracy is working. And in the latest polling from The New York Times/Siena College, 14 percent of voters said the economic and political system needs to be torn down entirely, while 55 percent said it needs major changes. To better understand how Americans are thinking about democracy heading into the election, 538 teamed up with PerryUndem, a nonpartisan research firm, to conduct focus groups with voters. In this installment of the 538 Politics podcast, we hear from those voters. We also speak with Gretchen Helmke of Bright Line Watch, which conducts regular polling of experts and Americans on the potential threats to democracy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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I for one truly, truly believe that if Donald Trump were to win this election


democracy as we know it is dead. No confidence in the way they run the elections for sure.


There's always been an effort to take away people's right to votes.


Everybody here is trying to figure out who is the lesser of the two evils. Hello and welcome to the 538 Politics Podcast, I'm Gailandruke.


Concerns about democracy are going to be central to the


2024 election. Late last year Gallup recorded a record low going back to the


1980s for the number of Americans who are satisfied


with the way democracy is working.


It was just 28%.


In the latest New York Times-Zayiana College polling, 14% of registered voters said the political and economic system in America needs to be torn down entirely,


and another 55% said it needs major changes.


At first blush that looks like a bipartisan consensus.


Democracy is struggling.


But of course different voters mean very different things


when they express concern about


our system of government. There are concerns about another


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