Most Americans say politics have reached a dangerous new low point

In this poll:

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Poll Questions

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as president?

No opinion

Q: How often can you trust the federal government in Washington to do what is right?

Q: How often can you trust each of the following to do what is right: The government in your state?

Q: How often can you trust each of the following to do what is right: Your local government?

Q: How proud are you of the way democracy works in America - very proud, somewhat proud, not very proud, or not at all proud?

Q: Do you think the current political system in the United States is basically functional or basically dysfunctional? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

No opinion

Q: Do you think problems in America's politics right now (are similar to most periods of partisan disagreement), or do you think problems (have reached a dangerous low point)?

No opinion

Q: (Among those saying politics has reached dangerous low point) Do you think the problems in America's political system are temporary, or are they a new normal?

No opinion

Q: Thinking back to political divisions in the U.S. during the Vietnam War, do you think divisions today are (at least as big as) during the Vietnam War, or are divisions today (smaller than) they were then?

No opinion

Q: Do you think Trump's presidency is making the U.S. political system more functional, more dysfunctional, or is he not making any difference?

Q: What about each of the following -- are each of the following parts of the political system basically functional or dysfunctional? Federal agencies, such as the Food and Drug Administration (Half sample)

No opinion

Q: What about each of the following -- are each of the following parts of the political system basically functional or dysfunctional? Congress (Half sample)

No opinion

Q: What about each of the following -- are each of the following parts of the political system basically functional or dysfunctional? Federal courts, including the Supreme Court (Half sample)

No opinion

Q: What about each of the following -- are each of the following parts of the political system basically functional or dysfunctional? Donald Trump's administration

No opinion

Q: What about each of the following -- are each of the following parts of the political system basically functional or dysfunctional? The news media

No opinion

Q: What about each of the following -- are each of the following parts of the political system basically functional or dysfunctional? The system of checks and balances on the powers of the Presidency, the Congress and the Supreme Court (Half sample)

No opinion

Q: How much, if at all, do you blame each of the following for causing dysfunction in the U.S. political system? The Democratic Party (Half sample)

Q: How much, if at all, do you blame each of the following for causing dysfunction in the U.S. political system? The Republican Party (Half sample)

Q: How much, if at all, do you blame each of the following for causing dysfunction in the U.S. political system? Donald Trump (Half sample)

Q: How much, if at all, do you blame each of the following for causing dysfunction in the U.S. political system? The news media (Half sample)

Q: How much, if at all, do you blame each of the following for causing dysfunction in the U.S. political system? Wealthy political donors (Half sample)

Q: How much, if at all, do you blame each of the following for causing dysfunction in the U.S. political system? Liberal activists (Half sample)

Q: How much, if at all, do you blame each of the following for causing dysfunction in the U.S. political system? Conservative activists (Half sample)

Q: How much, if at all, do you blame each of the following for causing dysfunction in the U.S. political system? Barack Obama (Half sample)

Q: How much, if at all, do you blame each of the following for causing dysfunction in the U.S. political system? Average voters (Half sample)

Q: How much, if at all, do you blame each of the following for causing dysfunction in the U.S. political system? Social media (Half sample)

Q: How much, if at all, do you blame each of the following for causing dysfunction in the U.S. political system? People with extreme political views (Half sample)

Q: How much, if at all, do you blame each of the following for causing dysfunction in the U.S. political system? Uncompetitive Congressional elections (Half sample)

Q: How much, if at all, do you blame each of the following for causing dysfunction in the U.S. political system? Money in politics (Half sample)

Q: How much, if at all, do you blame each of the following for causing dysfunction in the U.S. political system? Political correctness (Half sample)

Q: How much, if at all, do you blame each of the following for causing dysfunction in the U.S. political system? Members of Congress (Half sample)

Q: Do you think each of the following generally do a good job or a bad job making needed compromises across party lines? Democrats in Congress

No opinion

Q: Do you think each of the following generally do a good job or a bad job making needed compromises across party lines? Republicans in Congress

No opinion

Q: Do you think each of the following generally do a good job or a bad job making needed compromises across party lines? Donald Trump

No opinion

Q: Do you think each of the following generally do a good job or a bad job representing the concerns of ordinary citizens? Democrats in Congress

No opinion

Q: Do you think each of the following generally do a good job or a bad job representing the concerns of ordinary citizens? Republicans in Congress

No opinion

Q: Do you think each of the following generally do a good job or a bad job representing the concerns of ordinary citizens? Donald Trump

No opinion

Q: Would you rate the level of ethics and honesty of politicians as excellent, good, not good, or poor?

Q: Do you believe that Members of Congress mainly base their policies on a set of core values, or do you believe they mainly do whatever is needed to win re-election?

No opinion

Q: Regardless of whom you supported in the 2016 election, do you think Donald Trump's election as president was legitimate, or was he not legitimately elected?

No opinion

Q: Regardless of whom you supported in the 2008 election, do you think Barack Obama's election as president was legitimate, or was he not legitimately elected?

No opinion

Q: Does the Democratic Party generally represent your political views or oppose your political views? (IF OPPOSES) Do you think they are undermining America's core principles or wouldn't you go that far

Q: Does the Republican Party generally represent your political views or oppose your political views? (IF OPPOSES) Do you think they are undermining America's core principles or wouldn't you go that far

Q: Does Donald Trump generally represent your political views or oppose your political views? (IF OPPOSES) Do you think he is undermining America's core principles or wouldn't you go that far

Q: Do you think each of the following tries more to satisfy voters with (extreme) positions or to satisfy voters with (moderate) positions? The Democratic Party

No opinion

Q: Do you think each of the following tries more to satisfy voters with (extreme) positions or to satisfy voters with (moderate) positions? The Republican Party

No opinion

Q: In presenting the news dealing with political and social issues, do you think that news organizations deal fairly with all sides, or do they tend to favor one side?

No opinion

Q: In general, how much, if at all, do you think people who disagree with you on politics respect your views?

Q: If you know somebody is a Democrat, do you think that only indicates what they think about government policies or does it also represent how they live their lives?

No opinion

Q: If you know somebody is a Republican, do you think that only indicates what they think about government policies or does it also represent how they live their lives?

No opinion

Q: Do you think there are (more) things that bind Americans together today than in the past, (fewer) things that bind Americans together, or hasn't this really changed from the past?

Q: Generally speaking, do you usually think of yourself as a...