USA: Quantifying the Loss of Government Legitimacy

new quantitative study by Princeton’s Martin Gilens and Northwestern’s Benjamin Page finds that America is not a democracy … but is an oligarchy.

Here’s a quick visual overview from the study:

(here I think the horizontal axis represents the support enjoyed by the policy proposals “stacked” in that column for the given income group.   In other words 10% of the proposals had around 85% approval among the elites in the table above and and those proposals were passed around 55% of the time -rw)