Striking numbers. Revolutionary, one might say.
Nearly seven in 10 (69 percent) Americans agree that American democracy serves the interests of only the wealthy and powerful. Seventy percent of Democrats and 66 percent of Republicans hold this view.
The belief that the political system works against the interests of conservatives also finds considerable support among the public. Nearly half (48 percent) of Americans believe the political system is stacked against conservatives and people with traditional values. Roughly as many Americans (47 percent) disagree with this statement.
Americans with more conservative political views strongly endorse this view. Seventy-nine percent of Republicans agree that the political system is stacked against more traditionally minded people. Notably, close to half (46 percent) of independents and more than one in four (27 percent) Democrats also agree.
There is space here for a political push. And a political revolution. These are some of the numbers that helped fuel President Trump’s original victory. They register a profound dissatisfaction with a corrupt system that is rigged against people with traditional values and against much of the country.
The overall numbers also find that people don’t trust the system and are ready to embrace populist politicians who come from outside the system.