A new poll has revealed that the majority of Americans believe that the justice system is biased in favor of politicians, and that federal bureaucracies such as the EPA, IRS, and CDC, only exist to serve their political interests.
The survey, which interviewed 1,080 likely voters between July 24-28, found that close to 8 in 10 Americans believe that the United States justice system treats politicians differently than the average American. The survey was conducted by the Trafalgar Group in partnership with Convention of States Action and has a 2.9 percent margin of error.
Asked their opinion of “the current state of the American justice system,” approximately 79.3% of Americans stated their belief that “there are two tiers of justice: one set of laws for politicians and Washington D.C. insiders vs one set of laws for everyday Americans.”
That opinion was held by the majority of both Democrats (66.7%) and Republicans (87.8%), as well as those who had no party affiliation (77.2%).
Only 11.6% of all respondents believed that “there is one system of justice with laws applied to all Americans equally,” and 9.1% were unsure.
Additionally, the survey found 58.5% percent of Americans believe that “federal bureaucracies in Washington DC like the EPA, CDC, and IRS” have “grown too large and only serve their own political interests.” Only 16.3% of Democrats agreed with this statement, compared to 89.9% of Republicans and 54.7% of those with no party.
33.1% of all respondents believe that the bureaucracies “serve the American public and are a useful and effective way to implement laws Congress passes.” 72.7% of Democratic expressed this belief, as did 32.8% of those with no party and 5.7% of Republicans.
Mark Meckler, the president of the Convention of States, said in response to the findings: “What we’re seeing reflected strongly in these numbers is the sentiment that ‘There is no equal justice in America’ has become an almost universally-held opinion.”
“But it’s not just opinion, it’s fact. And it’s a dangerous fact in our Constitutional Republic, one which requires mostly voluntary compliance with the rule of law to succeed. In a system where those in government get away with virtually anything, why should anyone follow the law?” he said, adding: “Until public servants are once again held accountable for their misdeeds, the distrust of and disdain for government officials will continue to grow in a dangerous manner.”
Meckler continued, “Perhaps early Americans had the right idea when they publicly tarred and feathered officials who abused their positions. Fear of getting caught and being held accountable is a necessary component for a successful system of public service.”
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