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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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Oklahoma passes bill banning majority of abortions from ‘moment of fertilization’

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Oklahoma’s Republican Governor Kevin Stitt signed a bill into law on Wednesday which bans virtually all abortions “from the moment of fertilization.”

“I promised Oklahomans that as governor I would sign every piece of pro-life legislation that came across my desk and I am proud to keep that promise today. From the moment life begins at conception is when we have a responsibility as human beings to do everything we can to protect that baby’s life and the life of the mother,” Stitt said in a statement. “That is what I believe and that is what the majority of Oklahomans believe.”

The state legislature first approved the bill, which goes into effect immediately, last week. It bans abortions from the moment of fertilization, except for in cases where rape or incest occurred, or where the mother’s life is in danger.

The law also allows for private citizens to sue doctors or those who participate in “producing an abortion for up to $10,000, mimicking the enforcement mechanism in Texas’s fetal heartbeat law” reports National Review.

Under the new law it is a felony offense to perform an abortion, “which will take effect in August unless a court challenge blocks it.”

 

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