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Young Americans raise doubts about U.S. democracy in Harvard poll

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American democracy is in trouble.

That’s the assessment of most Gen Zers and Millennials responding to a national poll released Wednesday by the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School.

In fact, 35% of all respondents said they’ll likely see a second Civil War during their lifetime.

Over 52% of Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 are disenchanted with the country right now, saying democracy is either “in trouble” or has “failed,” the poll found. Only 7% view the United States as a healthy democracy.

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