November 30, 2007

Venezuelans Who Like U.S.-Style Democracy

40%

Only four-in-ten Venezuelans, who will go to the polls in a key election this Sunday, told the most recent Global Attitudes Survey that they “like American ideas about democracy,” a sharp decline from the 67% who said so in 2002.

In nearly all countries where trends are available, the latest Pew Global Attitudes survey finds that people are less inclined to say they like American ideas about democracy than they were in 2002, but the largest decline was registered in Venezuela where only 40% now register approval of U.S.-style democracy, a 27-point drop from the 67% who said so five years earlier. Other countries registering sharp declines include Turkey, a 25-point drop, and Indonesia, a 23-point decline. One exception to the pattern is Jordan, where the number saying they like American ideas about democracy rose from 29% in 2002 to 42% in the current survey. Read More