86% Say America Is Broken But most still believe it can be fixed By Kevin Spak, Newser Staff Posted Feb 22, 2010 12:51 PM CST 43 comments Comments Most Americans thinks the country is broken, but not beyond repair. (Shutterstock) (Newser) – A whopping 86% of Americans believe that their government is broken—an 8-point increase from 2006, according to a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey. But among that group, 81% say it can be fixed, while 5% say it’s beyond repair. The increase came mostly from higher-income earners and people in rural states. “Maybe it’s just a coincidence, but those are the groups that make up the bulk of the Tea Party activists,” notes CNN’s polling director.