Americans’ Dismal Views of the Nation’s Politics

Sep 19, 2023
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Americans have long been critical of politicians and skeptical of the federal government. But today, Americans' views of politics and elected officials are unrelentingly negative, with little hope of improvement on the horizon.

Majorities say the political process is dominated by special interests, flooded with campaign cash and mired in partisan warfare. Elected officials are widely viewed as self-serving and ineffective.

A comprehensive new Pew Research Center study of the state of the nation's politics finds no single focal point for the public's dissatisfaction. There is widespread criticism of the three branches of government, both political parties, as well as political leaders and candidates for office.