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How well do the following statements describe the United States as of today?


Government officials are legally sanctioned for misconduct
Government officials do not use public office for private gain
Government agencies are not used to monitor, attack, or punish political opponents
All adult citizens enjoy the same legal and political rights
Government does not interfere with journalists or news organizations
Government effectively prevents private actors from engaging in politically-motivated violence or intimidation
Government protects individuals’ right to engage in unpopular speech or expression
Political competition occurs without criticism of opponents’ loyalty or patriotism
Elections are free from foreign influence
Parties and candidates are not barred due to their political beliefs and ideologies
All adult citizens have equal opportunity to vote
All votes have equal impact on election outcomes
Elections are conducted, ballots counted, and winners determined without pervasive fraud or manipulation
Executive authority cannot be expanded beyond constitutional limits
The legislature is able to effectively limit executive power
The judiciary is able to effectively limit executive power
The elected branches respect judicial independence
Voter participation in elections is generally high
Information about the sources of campaign funding is available to the public
Public policy is not determined by large campaign contributions
Citizens can make their opinions heard in open debate about policies that are under consideration
The geographic boundaries of electoral districts do not systematically advantage any particular political party
Even when there are disagreements about ideology or policy, political leaders generally share a common understanding of relevant facts
Elected officials seek compromise with political opponents
Citizens have access to information about candidates that is relevant to how they would govern
Government protects individuals’ right to engage in peaceful protest
Law enforcement investigations of public officials or their associates are free from political influence or interference

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The U.S. does not meet this standard
The U.S. partly meets this standard
The U.S. mostly meets this standard
The U.S. fully meets this standard
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