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Large Majorities Favor Checks and Balances, Right to Protest

by Bill Hayes

In a recent survey, the Pew Research Center reports that Large Majorities See Checks and Balances, Right to Protest as Essential for Democracy.

Large majorities of the public, Republicans and Democrats alike, say open and fair elections and a system of governmental checks and balances are essential to maintaining a strong democracy in the United States.

However, there is less consensus about the importance of other aspects of a strong democracy — notably, the freedom of news organizations to criticize political leaders. [more]

Broad public agreement on importance of many aspects of a strong democracy