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The Bipartisan Fear that U.S. Democracy is on the Brink

Surveys find a concerning level of fear among voters

In a few weeks, Americans will go to the polls — a small percentage of them will, anyway — to vote for state- and local-level political issues and candidates. It’s one of the purer forms of democratic involvement, offering one’s thoughts on things that are outside the spotlight of national attention, things that are more directly influential on their daily lives.

Most of those casting ballots early next month will be doing so while simultaneously fretting that American democracy is under threat.

That is clear from Grinnell College polling released last week. Most Americans believe that the country's democracy is facing a major threat; include those saying it's facing a minor threat, and 4 in 5 say so.

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