(New York Daily News) The United States of America is now a more imperfect union.
The Democracy Index has downgraded the U.S. from a full democracy to a flawed one, marking the first time the nation has fallen into the lower ranking.
Other flawed democracies include Botswana, India, Japan and Ghana, while much of Western Europe stayed in the full democracy category.
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Americans' growing distrust in their government, elected officials and the media prompted the demotion, the Economist Intelligence Unit — the UK-based economic firm that produces the annual index — wrote in a Wednesday report.