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Former President Trump's refusal to accept the 2020 election results dealt a huge blow to American democracy, the report found.

Another grim global report card: A 'flawed democracy' 5 straight years

The hits just keep on coming. For the fifth consecutive year, the United States was rated a "flawed democracy" by the Economist Intelligence Unit, reflecting a year of political division and mistrust.

American democracy has trended downward since the EIU, part of the The Economist publishing group, started its global index in 2006. In the latest report, covering 2020, the United States received its lowest score yet (7.92 out of 10), ranking 25th out of 167 countries analyzed. Much of the blame was assigned to former President Donald Trump and his followers.

The EIU's annual report, released this week, measured the countries on five subject areas: electoral process and pluralism, the functioning of government, political participation, democratic political culture and civil liberties. This follows on the heels of other studies showing bad news for fans of democracy.

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FixUS has sponsored a new national poll which confirms the huge partisan divide in the country but points the way to areas of agreement that can be the subject of dialogue.

Amid the storm of conflict, new evidence there's a place for calm

At the end of what has been the most tumultuous campaign season in recent history, a national good governance group is launching a new effort to tackle what appears to be the impossible:

Bridging the enormous partisan divide that has set neighbor against neighbor and made governing the country so difficult.

FixUs, an initiative to help Americans better understand our differences, announced Thursday the results of a national survey outlining these differences — and some areas of agreement — that will serve as a springboard to the program called "A National Dialogue on Common Values, Goals and Aspirations."

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An election at the intersection of power and democratic values

Molineaux is president of the Bridge Alliance, a coalition of more than 100 civic engagement and democracy reform groups. (Disclosure: The Bridge Alliance Education Fund is a funder of The Fulcrum.)

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