53% Say United States Doing Okay, But Our Political System is in Crisis

Fifty-three percent (53%) of voters nationwide believe that our country is doing okay, but the political system is in crisis. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 39% believe the country is in a crisis. Another 8% don’t think either the country or the political system is in crisis.

Most Democrats (53%) believe our country is in a crisis. Most Republicans (67%) and Independent voters (52%) believe the country is okay but the political system is in crisis (see crosstab results).

Most men (58%) believe the country is doing okay despite our political system. Women are evenly divided: 48% say the country is doing okay while 46% believe it is in a crisis.

Still, among those who believe the country is okay even if our political system is not, there is some concern. Nearly half of them (44%) think that the failures of the political system will eventually drag the nation down. Twenty-five percent (25%) take the opposite view and believe the country and culture will eventually bring about a better political system. Thirty-one percent (31%) don’t expect anything to change. They think the nation will do okay even with a dysfunctional political system.

Data released earlier showed that just 28% of voters nationwide would prefer a presidential candidate whose main policy positions are in the political mainstream. A larger number–43%– would prefer someone whose views  are out of the mainstream.

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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted August 7-8, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and a Demographic Profile of the Sample). Results from the full sample have +/-3.1 Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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