Exclusive poll: Only half of Americans have faith in democracy

What’s happening: Despite the political turbulence over the past two years, Americans’ faith in democracy has been relatively stable — with two exceptions.

Just before heading to the polls in 2016, 52% of voters had faith in democracy.

That number grew from pre-election numbers (by 8 percentage points) immediately following the election in November 2016 and in February 2017, after President Trump’s inauguration.

One year ago, in October 2017, faith in democracy dropped by 7 percentage points and has held fairly steady since then.