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New Jerseyans share their stories and ideas about our democracy.

New Jersey's Democracy Conversation

See what your neighbors are saying about democracy in our state.


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“Us vs. them mentalities”

Mannan , 18
What are the main challenges facing democracy today?

“The polarization of our bipartisan system”

Eve , 25
What are the main challenges facing democracy today?

“Extreme positioning to activate their base”

Anonymous
What are the main challenges facing democracy today?

“We turn inward, harden our own beliefs”

Brian , 59
What are the main challenges facing democracy today?

“Loss of emotioanalism and pragmatism”

Siddharth , 30
What are the main challenges facing democracy today?

“We have a hard time finding common ground”

Ariana , 44
What are the main challenges facing democracy today?

“Unable to agree on almost anything”

Nancy , 64
What are the main challenges facing democracy today?

“Both parties blame each other”

Syed , 55
What are the main challenges facing democracy today?

“Polarized views”

Swathi , 18
What are the main challenges facing democracy today?

“Technology has allowed for ‘group think/echo chamber’ environments to flourish.”

Julius , 18
What are the main challenges facing democracy today?

“Extreme polarization”

Megan , 19
What are the main challenges facing democracy today?

“The lack of unity”

Gabriella , 18
What are the main challenges facing democracy today?

“Republicans and Democrats are becoming politically polarized”

Gus , 18
What are the main challenges facing democracy today?

“far right terrorists”

Isabel , 88
What are the main challenges facing democracy today?

“Creeping authoritarianism”

Bill , 83
What are the main challenges facing democracy today?

“one party that is totalitarian”

Laura , 62
What are the main challenges facing democracy today?

“Misinformation”

Marrin , 30
What are the main challenges facing democracy today?

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