Study: U.S. and European Peoples Distrust Democracy

The majority of people in the U.S. and Europe distrust democracy in their respective countries, especially because of political corruption, a new study indicates.

The U.S. institute Pew Research Center has surveyed 30,133 people in 27 countries around the world to document people’s trust in democracy in both developed and emerging nations.

The survey, published Monday and conducted between May 14 and August 12, 2018, highlights that most of the world distrusts democracy. In Europe, France 51%, Hungary 53%, the United Kingdom 55%, Italy 70%, Spain 81% and Greece 84% are dissatisfied with democracy in their countries.

The study also points out that in some countries on the green continent this distrust increased considerably and only in France did the figure fall by 14% from 2017 to 2018.

However, the period in which the investigation was carried out was before the start of the protests of the so-called “yellow vests”, which have been demonstrating every Saturday since November 2018, initially against the new fuel taxes, but later to demand wage improvements, lower taxes and until the resignation of the French president, Emmanuel Macron.

In the case of the US, the poll states that in 2018 58 % of the citizens were dissatisfied with the state of democracy in their country. While in 2017, the year in which Donald Trump began to assume the presidency, the figure stood at 51%, which also highlights a worrying increase.

Overall, 60% of the population surveyed said that it doesn’t matter who wins the election in a country, because things won’t change much. In fact, according to 54% of those surveyed, their nation can be described as one in which most politicians are corrupt.

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