A new poll conducted by the Bipartisan Policy Center/Morning Consult has found that democracy in the United States is a major concern for a whopping 82% of voters. And if you think they’re just “a little worried,” think again. 40% of those surveyed said they are “very worried.”
Now, you might think this worry is just limited to one political party, but you’d be wrong. The poll found that a staggering 84% of voters from both major parties share this concern. It seems that both sides of the aisle are feeling some unease about the state of our democracy.
But wait, there’s more! When it comes to politicians working together, it seems there’s not a whole lot of faith among voters. A significant 59% of those surveyed have very little confidence in politicians learning how to work together. And it seems Republicans are feeling a bit more skeptical, with 62% lacking confidence in the parties’ ability to come up with bipartisan solutions. On the other side, 50% of Democrats are also doubting the parties’ collaboration skills.
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And let’s not forget the economy. 67% of those surveyed emphasized the importance of both Republicans and Democrats passing bipartisan legislation on the economy. It seems voters are longing for some harmony and cooperation when it comes to their wallets.
But what’s really getting voters in a fuss? Inflation. A whopping 88% of respondents said inflation is their top concern. And it’s not just some abstract worry. 84% of those surveyed said inflation is personally impacting them. Yikes. The annual inflation rate in the U.S. shot up to 3.2% in July 2023, compared to the already alarming 3% in June. And just to add some extra panic, in June 2022, we hit a 40-year high of 9.1%. Let’s hope those numbers start calming down soon.
And finally, let’s talk about artificial intelligence. It seems folks are feeling a bit uneasy about the rise of AI. 73% of those polled expressed concern about job loss due to AI, and 46% held a negative view of AI’s usage and services. It looks like people aren’t quite ready to let robots take over just yet.
Overall, it’s clear that voters have some real concerns about the state of our democracy, the ability of politicians to work together, the economy, inflation, and the rise of AI. It’ll be interesting to see how these concerns impact the upcoming elections and policy decisions. Stay tuned, folks.