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United States

The United States is a federal republic whose people benefit from a vibrant political system, a strong rule-of-law tradition, robust freedoms of expression and religious belief, and a wide array of other civil liberties. However, in recent years its democratic institutions have suffered erosion, as reflected in partisan manipulation of the electoral process, bias and dysfunction in the criminal justice system, flawed new policies on immigration and asylum seekers, and growing disparities in wealth, economic opportunity, and political influence.

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Freedom in the World — United States Country Report

United States is rated Free in Freedom in the World 2020, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.

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Freedom on the Net— United States Country Report

United States is rated Free in Freedom on the Net, Freedom House's comprehensive study of internet freedom around the globe.

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The Democracy Project

Even as Americans remain committed to the ideals of democracy, a majority see democracy in the United States as weak and getting weaker, according to a national survey jointly commissioned by Freedom House, the George W. Bush Institute, and the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement. 

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