There was an interesting new post at Democracy Digest
People really do care about democracy — and what is surprising is that that’s news. A new study, to be released today, says citizens are unambiguous when it comes to their belief that democracy is the best form of government. And they want more of it, says POLITICO’s Playbook.
Only half of the world’s population thinks their country is democratic, with many Western Europeans viewing banks and social media as threats to democracy, according to a survey of over 150,000 people from 57 countries by German polling firm Dalia Research and the Alliance of Democracies Foundation. Even in democracies, 38% of people are dissatisfied with the state of affairs, Reuters reports:
People surveyed in the United States, where the 2020 presidential elections are ramping up, were split as to whether their country was democratic – 46% said it was and 40% said it was not democratic enough. Over half of Americans surveyed said the U.S. has had a positive impact on democracy around the world, though majorities in Western countries such as Canada and most of Europe felt the impact had been negative.
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