A new survey. released just days after the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) raided former President Donald Trump’s Palm Beach estate Mar-A-Lago, shows that nearly 8 in 10 Americans view the justice system as two-tiered and corrupted.
The “National Issues Survey” polled over 1,000 potential 2022 midterm election voters — from July 24 to July 28 — finding that 79.3 percent of respondents said the justice system was two-tiered with bipartisan support. One level is reserved for political insiders and another. for the average American. One rule for the rulers, another for the ruled.
Meanwhile, only 11.6 percent of respondents said the justice system was fair and is single-tiered, in the sense that all Americans are treated equally under the law. Finally, 9.1 percent were unsure about the state of the U.S. justice system.
Amongst Democrats, 66.7 percent of respondents stated the justice system treats people differently based on who you are, while 87.8 percent of Republicans said the same thing. Only 17.5 percent of Democrats and 6.9 percent of Republicans maintained the idea that Lady Justice continues to act nondiscriminatory.
Among independents and nonaffiliates, 77.2 percent said they believed the two-tier system existed, while only 13.8 percent believed that it did not.
These results were released just two days after the FBI raided Mar-A-Lago, reportedly over documents taken from the White House following Trump’s departure in January 2021.
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While the survey was taken prior to this incident, the results reveal how unhappy Americans already are and how they lack confidence in the impartiality of the various governmental branches.
Recent surveys showcased that governmental institutions have gradually lost the trust of the people. Gallup polling shows only four percent of Americans have a great deal of confidence in the criminal justice system while 43 percent have little confidence.
The raid on Trump is likely to hurt these numbers even more, as Republicans across the country have demanded answers and increased transparency from the FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ).
Thus far, Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray have given no details into the searching of Trump’s estate — spurring many Republicans to claim these agencies are aiming to take out a potential political opponent, with 2024 on the horizon.
If the justice system cares to retain any credibility with the American public and maintain what little legitimacy it has left, it would be wise of its officials to share what they are doing and reveal what is motivating their decision making.
Without that, the governmental institutions charged with protecting the country will be constantly called into question with every action they take, further eroding an already sickly Democratic Republic and causing its citizenry to live under tyranny while in a constant state of doubt and fear.
Less than twelve weeks until Election Day.
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