Seventy-seven percent (77%) of voters believe that America’s political system is badly broken. However, a ScottRasmussen.com national survey also found that 57% believe that America’s best days are still to come.
That combination of pessimism about our political system and optimism about the nation mirrors the message of Scott Rasmussen’s latest book–The Sun is Still Rising: Politics Has Failed But America Will Not. Such a perspective may seem unusual to those who believe politics lead the nation forward. However, 65% of voters recognize that just about all positive change in America begins outside of the political system, and far from the halls of power in Washington D.C.
Among those who believe the political system is broken, 18% believe that the Constitution is flawed. Eight-two percent (82%) say the problem is that our political system is not adhering to the Constitution.
All of these views are held broadly across partisan and demographic lines (see crosstab results).
The new survey also found that 30% of voters believe the federal government does a decent job of living up to the ideal of being a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.
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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted March 10-11, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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