A new poll by The Atlantic and the Public Religion Research Institute finds that Democrats and Republicans have wildly divergent views on core democratic issues, including Russian election interference.
The United States is one country, but Americans are living in two separate worlds.
In one version of America, the country is headed in the totally wrong direction. Billionaires control politics. Foreign governments meddle in elections. And not enough people vote to demand a change.
In the other America, things are looking up, particularly with a good president in office. But some civic functions are still broken—especially the media, which is politically biased against certain candidates.
It’s not new for Americans to have divergent views on the health of their country’s democracy. But a new survey, co-created by The Atlantic and the Public Religion Research Institute, suggests that they have become radically split in their basic perceptions of reality, especially on controversial topics like Russian interference in the 2016 election. “We only have the thinnest of agreements of what is plaguing our election system,” said Robert P. Jones, the head of PRRI. “After that, people are viewing whatever problems they see very strongly through their partisan lenses.”