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American democracy is cracking. These forces help explain why

By Dan Balz and Clara Ence Morse

18 Aug 2023 · 12 min read

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  1. Many Americans believe that the political system is broken and fails to represent them, with the government and politicians seemingly incapable of achieving consensus on major issues such as climate change, immigration, inequality, guns, debt, and deficits, the author writes.

In a country where the search for common ground is increasingly elusive, many Americans can agree on this: They believe the political system is broken and that it fails to represent them.

They aren't wrong.

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