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AP-NORC poll: Nearly half of Americans say democracy isn’t functioning properly

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A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that almost half of Americans think democracy isn’t functioning properly and that our country is headed in a wrong direction.

The nationwide poll, conducted Jan. 28 – Feb. 1, surveyed 1,055 adults.

Only 16% of those surveyed said democracy is working well or extremely well. Nearly half of Americans, 45%, think democracy isn’t functioning properly, while 38% say it’s working only somewhat well.

The majority of people surveyed in the poll believe our nation is deeply divided. So much so, that 62% think the country will become even more divided or stay the same over the next five years.

49% of Americans think we are heading in the right direction, while 49% think we heading in the wrong direction.

A majority of Republicans had a positive view of the direction of the country for most of the Trump Administration. The numbers dropped over the summer and the numbers dropped even more following Joe Biden’s inauguration. Currently, only 20% of Republicans say the country is heading in the right direction, while 79% think it’s heading in wrong direction.

Overall, about two-thirds of Republicans are pessimistic about the future, while three-quarters of Democrats are optimistic. Interestingly, the public’s view of Congress has improved since the November election, according to the survey.

Democrats have favorable impressions of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Republicans do not share favorable impressions of their party’s congressional leaders. They have mixed views of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and 52% of Republicans have an unfavorable impression of Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell.

Complete results can be found here.

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Judge orders Biden’s DHS to release files on agents accused of censoring election ‘misinformation’

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Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry made headway in countering federal agents involved in suppressing what liberal tech labeled “misinformation” on social media.

The Attorneys General moved to release testimony from five Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) employees after learning of their participation in the Biden administration’s counter-“disinformation” efforts. On Wednesday, a Louisiana judge ordered the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to release the files.

Court documents dated Jan. 19 show  the agents participated. The judge’s motion Wednesday could shed light on a “switchboarding” tactic employed during the 2020 election, according to the order.

The lawsuit alleges that the defendants, which include the named individuals as well as President Joe Biden and top officials from a variety of federal agencies, “colluded and/or coerced social media companies to suppress disfavored speakers, viewpoints, and content on social media platforms by labeling the content “dis-information,” “mis-information,” and “mal-formation.”

The Daily Caller reports that the five CISA employees allegedly served as a “switchboard” to route requests from federal agencies to censor disinformation to various social media companies, according to the documents.

Switchboard work employed “an audit official to identify something on social media they deemed to be disinformation aimed at their jurisdiction,” top CISA election security agent Brian Skully testified in a deposition released Thursday.

“They couldforward that to CISA and CISA would share that with the appropriate social mediacompanies.”

 

 

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