Over the last several years, polls have revealed Americans’ increasing disgust with the country’s political system. Results about the disillusionment of voters have become so commonplace that the media often doesn’t cover them. But last week Pew Research Center released a survey so comprehensive, so bleak, and so alarming that it couldn’t be ignored.

In summary, Pew found trust in the government at a 70-year low, disgust with both parties at all-time highs, and that only 4 percent of adults think the political system is working very well. This doesn’t just reveal a country fed up with a few bad politicians — it reveals a deep, system-wide dilemma for American democracy. It’s no wonder the poll also finds broad support for significant structural changes to our political system, given that voters see “little hope of improvement on the horizon.”

On one hand, I don’t blame them. Having served in government myself, many sentiments reflected in the Pew survey ring true. The political process is indeed “dominated by special interests, flooded with campaign cash, and mired in partisan warfare.”

But that doesn’t mean there is no hope. The way to change our politics is to participate in it, and perhaps to get a little creative. That’s why I joined a movement called No Labels that is working to provide a solution to the very problems highlighted in the poll. We are securing a ballot line on 2024 state voting ballot to create the opening for a potential independent Unity Ticket

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