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Broken system

We're Number 1! We're Number 1.

At least we are when it comes to taking a dim view of how well the political system is working in the United States.

Rasmussen Reports, one of those new polling companies busy making a name for themselves nationally the past few years, has been asking voters around the country whether or not they think the nation's political system is badly broken.

After polling 32 states where there are Senate and governor races this year, the results are in. Of Vermonters polled, 62 percent agreed America's political system is badly broken. No other state had a higher percentage of political cynics as our Green Mountain state did.

But we aren't that far off the beaten path, it turns out. According to Rasmussen, a plurality of people in all 32 state had the same thumbs-down attitude. Nebraska had the most positive attitude among the gang of 32, and even in the Cornhusker state 47 percent of those polled agreed the system is "badly broken."

All of which begs the question. Why do Vermonters, or at least two-thirds of them, feel more down about America's political system than folks in any other state?

Any thoughts?

--Sam Hemingway

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