How well do the following statements describe the United States as of today?
- The U.S. does not meet this standard
- The U.S. partly meets this standard
- The U.S. mostly meets this standard
- The U.S fully meets this standard
1. Elections are conducted, ballots counted, and winners determined without pervasive fraud or manipulation
2. All adult citizens have equal opportunity to vote
3. Voter participation in elections is generally high
4. Elections are free from foreign influence
5. The geographic boundaries of electoral districts do not systematically advantage any particular political party
6. All votes have equal impact on election outcomes
7. Parties and candidates are not barred due to their political beliefs and ideologies
8. All adult citizens enjoy the same legal and political rights
9. Government does not interfere with journalists or news organizations
10. Government effectively prevents private actors from engaging in politically-motivated violence or intimidation
11. Government protects individuals’ right to engage in unpopular speech or expression
12. Government protects individuals’ right to engage in peaceful protest
13. Government officials are legally sanctioned for misconduct
14. Government officials do not use public office for private gain
15. Government agencies are not used to monitor, attack, or punish political opponents
16. Even when there are disagreements about ideology or policy, political leaders generally share a common understanding of relevant facts
17. Executive authority cannot be expanded beyond constitutional limits
18. The legislature is able to effectively limit executive power
19. The judiciary is able to effectively limit executive power
20. The elected branches respect judicial independence
21. Elected officials seek compromise with political opponents
22. Political competition occurs without criticism of opponents’ loyalty or patriotism
23. Information about the sources of campaign funding is available to the public
24. Public policy is not determined by large campaign contributions
25. Citizens can make their opinions heard in open debate about policies that are under consideration
26. Citizens have access to information about candidates that is relevant to how they would govern
27. Law enforcement investigations of public officials or their associates are free from political influence or interference
These questions about topical issues and events build on a similar survey conducted by the New York Times Upshot blog in 2017, on which we collaborated.
Is this normal or abnormal?
- Mostly normal
- Borderline normal
- Mostly abnormal
Is this unimportant or important?
- Mostly unimportant
- Mostly important
1. President Trump holding a face-to-face summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un
2. President Trump describing members of the MS-13 gang as “animals”
3. The Department of Homeland Security separating children from parents who enter the United States illegally
4. President Trump criticizing Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as “dishonest and weak”
5. Congress passing tax legislation
6. President Trump pardoning Dinesh D’Souza for making illegal campaign contributions
7. President Trump repeatedly calling the press an “enemy of the people”
8. The Trump administration reversing Obama-era environmental and financial regulations
9. President Trump calling for suspending due process rights for suspected illegal immigrants
10. President Trump profiting from political fundraisers and events held by foreign dignitaries at hotels and resorts owned by his family business
11. President Trump calling for the Department of Justice to investigate Hillary Clinton
12. President Trump publicly criticizing the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller
13. President Trump nominating Brett Kavanaugh to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy
14. The United States withdrawing from the United Nations Human Rights Council
15. President Trump congratulating Vladimir Putin on his election victory
16. President Trump demanding greater defense spending from NATO allies
17. President Trump threatening American businesses such as Amazon and Harley-Davidson
18. The Trump Administration imposing tariffs on $34 billion in Chinese imports
19. The Trump administration imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada, Mexico, and the E.U.
20. President Trump publicly criticizing the F.B.I.
These two questions were added during fielding:
21. President Trump questioning the conclusions of U.S. intelligence about allegations of Russian election meddling during a press conference alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin.
22. President Trump publicly criticizing the leaders of the United Kingdom and Germany at a time when both are politically vulnerable at home.