Survey shows diminishing appeal of democracy globally

Support for Democracy Wanes in Many Countries While Expert Rule Gains Popularity

In a recent survey conducted by Pew Research, it was found that while support for representative democracy remains high across 24 countries, enthusiasm for democracy has declined in many nations over the past five years. The survey of 30,861 participants conducted between February 20 to May 22, 2023, found that a median of 77 percent of respondents believe that representative democracy is a good system of government, with only 20 percent viewing it negatively.

The United States saw a similar trend, with 75 percent of respondents rating representative democracy as either somewhat or very good, and 23 percent expressing a negative opinion. However, trend data from 22 countries shows that while overall support for representative democracy has remained relatively consistent, the percentage of those who view it as “very good” has declined in several nations.

On the other hand, support for direct democracy has seen little change in the past five years, with 70 percent of respondents indicating it is a good form of governing. However, there has been an increase in support for “expert rule” or technocracy in most countries, with a median of 58 percent viewing it positively in 2023.

Overall, while support for democracy remains strong in many countries, the level of enthusiasm for representative democracy has slightly declined in recent years. More people are expressing support for expert rule or technocracy as an alternative form of government.

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