By Travis Fedschun, FoxNews:
The United States may no longer be the bastion of democracy its citizens have come to hold as an American value, according to a report released Wednesday.
The 2016 Democracy Index, produced by the Economist Intelligence Unit in the United Kingdom, now lists the U.S. as a “flawed democracy” instead of the “full democracy” ranking it’s held previously, citing the declining trust in government as the cause.
The downgrade now puts the U.S. at 21 in international rankings, below Japan and tied with Italy. The number of “full democracies” dropped in 2016 from 20 to 19, according to the report.
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