Eight in ten Americans think that government officials are out of touch, influenced by special interests, and mainly concerned with getting re-elected, according to a new CNN poll out Thursday. (Photo Credit: Getty Images/File)
Washington (CNN) - Nearly 6 in 10 Americans say they are dissatisfied with the way democracy is working in the United States, according to a new national poll. And a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Thursday morning also suggests the public doesn't have a very high opinion of public officials once they get into office.
Forty percent of people questioned in the poll say they are satisfied with the way democracy is working in this country, with 59 percent saying they are dissatisfied.
"One reason that Americans think the government is broken is that they think the way we choose our elected officials is broken," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.
The survey also indicates Americans don't think very highly of government officials. Eight in ten think that government officials are out of touch, influenced by special interests, and mainly concerned with getting re-elected. Despite that, according to the poll two-thirds of all Americans admit that they would not be able to do as good a job of running the country as government officials currently do.
"Men are almost twice as likely as women to say they could do a better job running the government," Holland notes. "More Republicans feel that way than Democrats, and Independents are even more likely than members of either party."
According to CNN poll numbers released Sunday, Americans overwhelmingly think that the government in this country is broken, but the public overwhelmingly holds out hope that what's broken can be fixed.
The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted February 12-15, with 1,023 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points for the overall survey.