Many in U.S., Western Europe Say Their Political System Needs Major Reform
In the U.S., concerns about political corruption are especially widespread. Two-in-three Americans agree that the phrase “most politicians are corrupt” describes their country well.
Americans put low priority on promoting democracy abroad
Just 20% of U.S. adults cited promoting democracy as a top foreign policy objective, putting it at the bottom of the list of 20 topics polled.
Even before Capitol riot, most people in Germany, France and the UK had concerns about U.S. political system
Majorities in all three countries said in a fall 2020 survey that the U.S. system needs either major changes or to be completely reformed.
In their own words: How Americans reacted to the rioting at the U.S. Capitol
“Saddened, hurt, disgusted,” one woman in her 50s said. “Never thought I would see anything like this in my life.”
In Views of U.S. Democracy, Widening Partisan Divides Over Freedom to Peacefully Protest
A majority of Americans say significant changes are needed in the "fundamental design and structure of American government."
Most Americans Think Social Media Sites Censor Political Viewpoints
Republicans are far more likely than Democrats to say major tech companies favor the views of liberals over conservatives. At the same time, partisans differ on whether social media companies should flag inaccurate information on their platforms.
How people in Poland see key aspects of their democracy ahead of presidential election
Here’s what our surveys indicate about how Polish people see their democracy, international relations and social issues in the country.
Fast facts about South Koreans’ views of democracy as legislative election nears
South Koreans are headed to the polls April 15 as the COVID-19 pandemic continues; 300 seats in the country’s legislative body are at stake.
How people around the world see democracy in 8 charts
People are widely dissatisfied with democracy in their country and believe that elected officials don’t care what people like them think.
Democratic Rights Popular Globally but Commitment to Them Not Always Strong
Majorities say the democratic principles tested on our survey are at least somewhat important. But often, underwhelming percentages describe democratic rights and institutions as very important.
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