Political Systems

The disease of American democracy [Commentary]

The disease of American democracy [Commentary]

Americans are sick of politics. Only 13 percent approve of the job Congress is doing, a near-record low. The president's approval ratings are also in the basement.

A large portion of the public doesn't even bother voting. Only 57.5 percent of eligible voters cast their ballots in the 2012 presidential election.

Put simply, most Americans feel powerless and assume the political game is fixed. So why bother?

A new study scheduled to be published this fall by Princeton University's Martin Gilens and Northwestern University'sBenjamin Page confirms our worst suspicions.

Gilens and Page analyzed 1,799 policy issues in detail, determining the...