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Americans think politics reached a dangerous low under Trump

By Sheetal Sukhija, Maryland State News
29 Oct 2017, 07:22 GMT+10

WASHINGTON, U.S. - According to a survey conducted by The Washington Post-University of Maryland, seven in ten Americans think that political tensions have reached a dangerously low point in the U.S.

The poll, that painted a bleak picture of how Americans view the current political situation, noted that many see the situation as a "new normal" for the country rather than a fleeting trend.

According to the poll released on Saturday, a large majority of respondents – 70 percent – say that political divisions are at least as big as they were during the Vietnam War, a period remembered for its intense social and political upheaval.

It said that that number was even bigger among individuals 65 and older – people who were adults during the tumultuous years of the Vietnam War.

At the same time, Americans' views of politicians' ethics and honesty have reached at least a 30-year low.

The poll further showed that just 14 percent view politicians' ethics as excellent or good - the same number stood at 25 percent in 1997 and 39 percent in 1987.

Further, the poll, which was conducted from September 27 to October 5 and surveyed 1,663 adults, showed that pride in how the United States' democracy works is also eroding quickly. 

The poll found that in the past three years, the number of Americans who are not proud of how the country's democracy is functioning has doubled from 18 percent in 2014 to 36 percent today.

More importantly, 25 percent of President Trump's supporters also said that they are not proud of how U.S. democracy is working under his administration.

The survey also pointed out that Americans see dysfunction in both the Executive and Legislative branches. While seven in ten respondents say the Trump administration is dysfunctional, eight in ten see Congress as dysfunctional too.

The poll has been revealed over nine months into Trump's tenure in the White House - the entire period being characterized by intense partisan fighting and political controversies.

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