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Democracy's appeal slipping as nations across much of the world hold elections, poll finds

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"When government fears the people, there is democracy. When people fear the government, there is tyranny." Benjamin Franklin.

Obviously, the US government has come to the point where it doesn't fear the people. Tyranny. Dictator's for a day, the super rich getting super richer, both sides of the government refusing to compromise; which is disregarding the people. Other democracies are being visited by the same poison. Very rich people and people in high government find the peoples' opinions annoying. It's hard to imagine that democracy, as we know it, will survive the power of the monied. People should prepare for what's coming.

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Democracy's appeal slipping as nations across much of the world hold elections, poll finds

Because it is not democracy. It is a neo-liberal corporatocracy in most G-20 nations, with the machinery of government captured by corporate uber-capital.

This was finalized by the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission in the US.

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/democracy-in-america-is-a-useful-fiction/

Corporate control of the media has ensured that the backlash against this has been diverted away form them and focused on marginalized groups such as migrants and transgenders.

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The word democracy has been co-opted by now.

to the point where it has little meaning except as a cry from the left when they don’t get what they want.

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to the point where it has little meaning except as a cry from the left when they don’t get what they want.

Lol yes. Leftists "co-opted" democracy, and that's why the American right has embraced fascism.

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Lol yes. Leftists "co-opted" democracy, and that's why the American right has embraced fascism.

Conservatives were always fine with democracy and socialism as long as the franchise wasn’t expanded too greatly. They think that these things don’t scale, but they do.

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why the American right has embraced fascism.

Not fascism.

what the left claims is fascism. Kinda like what they falsely claim is a “Nazi” now.

yuuuuuuuuge difference.

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Not fascism.

How is suspending the constitution and making oneself dictator not fascism?

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Conservatives were always fine with democracy

And still, always, that’s why they’re fleeing blue states, to preserve that democracy.

and socialism

A bit different, no entitlement from cradle to grave. Big difference.

as long as the franchise wasn’t expanded too greatly. They think that these things don’t scale, but they do.

There is a big difference. Unlimited unemployment, welfare, government assistance to subsidize people to stay at home to collect a paycheck is self-destructive.

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Support for more authoritarian leadership tended to be strongest among those with lower levels of education and income, as well as those on the ideological right.

Says it all really. There is little to add.

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Democracy has no global appeal because it's run by Oligarchy Special Interests Globalists in the US.

Look how well it's working out for Ukraine? Puppet Govt., tasked to pursue the Globalist's Russia destabilization project. No sane country wants US leverage exerted on them by un-elected US Globalists Special Interests.

The US Globalist policy tools deployed upon their satellite democracies are many, ranging from economic, technology, media, military, financial markets, FX, etc.

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BRICS = growing answer to Democracy's fundamental addiction to destabilization and transactional behavior, stemming from US special interest Globalists.

Countries like idea of non-domestic interference and partnership based, versus bottom rung of Democracy's ladder. Dozens of countries now busy applying to join BRICS, de-dollarization another HUGE motive!

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That comes as former President Donald Trump, the leading candidate for the Republican Party's presidential nomination, has continued to speak warmly about authoritarian leaders, such as China's Xi Jinping, North Korea's Kim Jong Un and Russia's Vladimir Putin.

I'd say "speak warmly" is a bit of an understatement when you "exchange love letters" with one, have decades old business partnerships with another, and anoint the last one a "genius"...

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Not fascism.

what the left claims is fascism.

Correct. you guys removed the ethnicity requirement and replaced it with an ideological requirement. I guess we could call it caffeine free diet fascism?

oh…whoops, still fascism

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The word democracy has been co-opted by now.

to the point where it has little meaning except as a cry from the left when they don’t get what they want.

Like winning a free and fair election with 81,282,916 total popular votes for the winner to 74,223,369 votes for the loser, and 306 electoral collage votes for the winner to 232 votes for the loser...

Our far-right friends have turned the word democracy on its head to mean the tyranny of the minority and the subjugation of the majority...or in other words, fascism...

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Blacklabel, you’ve been giving us the nothing to see here, folks, move along line since you told me I was overreacting to the Trump Train forcing the Biden bus to the shoulder on the Texas interstate

The voting comes as support for more authoritarian forms of government are on the rise. The Pew survey found that in eight of the surveyed countries, support for a “strong leader” who can make decisions without court or legislative interference increased since 2017.

Since 2017. sure 45 has nothing to do with this…

MAGA! Make Authoritarianism Groovy Again?

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Even worse for Democracy, courts, intelligence services, media, technology, financial markets, etc. all being politicized, net effect, distinctly no longer democratic.

Globalist special interests seek to weaponize Govt. via deep state, one party Democratic rule, much like China.

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Countries like idea of non-domestic interference 

like you are doing right now?

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If Democracy was so great, WHY is the World running away so fast? See my answers above, turns out BRICS far healthier platform for countries to engage in win:win economic partnerships and domestic non-interference.

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Can anyone name NEW Democracy anywhere, say in the last several decades? There's your answer!

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“These authoritarian models have more support there,” Wike said. “That gives authorities some foundation of public support they can draw on.”

The authoritarian model like MAGA/Milei etal has so much support because because the neo-lib /non-real opposition is obviously just playing to corporate interests while nodding to DEI issues. Corporations play the electorate as idiots, and unfortunately it works 70 percent of the time.

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This trend is a reminder that "THE ENEMY IS ON THE RIGHT" a slogan often heard in pre-Nazi Germany and that fascism always comes to bail out a bankrupt socio-economic system and rescue its ruling class: liberal democracy was good while it lasted, but perhaps history may be about to rhyme again.

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It all depends on what FORM of democracy we are talking about, many nations have their own System / Form of Democracy and it's working just fine as it meet their needs and realities.

I find it interesting that the so called Free World thinks that their own form of democracy is the genuine one or the only acceptable form while all others are NON DEMOCRATIC!! now that is being a Hypocrite.

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"In 2024, more than 40% of the world's population is eligible to vote in an election. The scale is unprecedented"

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I find it interesting that the so called Free World thinks that their own form of democracy is the genuine one or the only acceptable form while all others are NON DEMOCRATIC!! now that is being a Hypocrite.

I like the late Tony Benin’s questions to ask of a government with regards to democracy. The last one is particularly important:

What Power Have You Got?

Where Did You Get It From?

In Whose Interests Do You Exercise It?

To Whom Are You Accountable?

How Can We Get Rid Of You?

A pretty good guide.

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Benin - Benn

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Not fascism.

what the left claims is fascism. Kinda like what they falsely claim is a “Nazi” now. 

Exactly. Like “genocide” , the words have been retooled by the left and have lost their true meaning.

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Exactly.

Then what do you call suspending the constitution and making onself dictator for a day? The rightists repeatedly claim its "not fascism," yet are completely and utterly unable to explain how it isn't fascism.

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"In 2024, more than 40% of the world's population is eligible to vote in an election. The scale is unprecedented"

Very, very true.

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All this red/blue, right/left is being stoked and propagated to create disunity. Those that chose to rise above such nonsense are completely dismayed to see others embrace it's cause so passionately.

I truly fear for the outcome of all this division, as we will reach a point of no return that only blood and tears can wash away.

be careful what you wish for.

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My English grandfather would never let politics or religion near the dinner table.

However that did not stop him, bless, harping on about every political issue of the day away from Breakfast Dinner or Tea....

The slow decline of the need for democratic mandates is music to the ears of despots and dictators.

It is undeniable that the social media savvy youth vote intentions are at risk of smart phone zombification.

Tony Benn led and is accepted both left and right as the statesmen of social justice, a heartfelt socialist.

The Benn Diaries, 1940-90.....Six volumes worth,

Quote ...

Radical statesman and Member of Parliament for over fifty years, Tony Benn is the pre-eminent diarist of his generation.

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With the definition of democracy used by Pew being unclear (the American definition deems several actual democracies as other things, and several not democracies as democracies) and the level of American sponsored propaganda those surveyed also being unclear, AND the recent experience of some of those surveyed with democracy suppression resulting in American supported 'strong leaders' taking control and destroying progress causing a desire for an independent 'strong leader' reversing the destruction and punishing those who enabled it, this is a case where the FULL methodology (all questions that were asked, in which order, of people selected how) and careful examination is needed to be able to judge whether this is as 'accurate' as a 'push poll' (used to create specific opinions), a 'PR poll' (used to result in certain results that can then be aggressively publicized to convince people of certain things), an 'open poll' (open to organized manipulation by a different company than the one commissioned to conduct the poll), a 'snapshot poll' (one timed to follow an aggressive PR campaign that created a short termed unthinking response to questions on a subject), or a true 'reflection poll' (one that uses a series of questions to get to people's CONSIDERED opinions that will 'regress to the mean' over time/circumstance)

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In 2024, more than 40% of the world's population is eligible to vote in an election. The scale is unprecedented

This includes voting in Russia and China? Many elections in both countries after all!

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The Ultimate Election Year:

All the Elections Around the World in 2024

https://time.com/6550920/world-elections-2024/

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2024 will be democracy's wake up call, long overdue, shocks and surprises await.

I hope a for a peaceful safe landing.

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Wallace - it sounds like democracy is actually more popular than ever despite the authoritarians in our midst trying to convince us otherwise.

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Once you get a taste of democracy and freedom, you never want to go back. People from countries that don’t have a democratic tradition may not understand this sentiment because they don’t have a frame of reference. It’s almost not their fault, still...

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Democracy is threatened by two types: those who think it gets in the way of their right to make money and/or amass power and those who can't abide diversity and think its overthrow will be advantageous because then everyone will think like them. The former know how to manipulate the latter. So corporatism/fascism is a likely outcome.

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Tony Benn led and is accepted both left and right as the statesmen of social justice, a heartfelt socialist.

I’d say first and foremost he was a fierce proponent of democracy.

He criticised the European Union for eroding the importance of voters in the member countries. You could disagree with him on this, but his arguments were far more intelligent and honest than the crass jingoism and outright lies of the Johnsons, Farages or Rees-Moggs.

Benn is worth reading on democracy regardless of whether you are on the left or right.

Clever fella.

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Some elections for presidents in Russia and Belarus do not allow any opposition candidates. Previously also in China. That is not democracy.

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. Leftists "co-opted" democracy, and that's why the American right has embraced fascism.

Lol, hyperbole much?

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Lol, hyperbole much?

Hyperbole? Not at all.

Again, let me ask: What do you call suspending the constitution and making onself dictator for a day?

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It is hilarious that there are people who believe that the Russian Presidential election is barred to every candidate but Putin, but somehow see the highly restricted American Presidential elections as open to all.

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It is hilarious that there are people who believe that the Russian Presidential election is barred to every candidate but Putin, but somehow see the highly restricted American Presidential elections as open to all.

It is hilarious that people are dumb enough to think that freedom in the US anywhere near the same level of restriction as in Russia.

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Concentration of power is the real issue and clearly in Democracy it's become far more concentrated, making it far more similar to 'autocratic states'.

It's really viewed as Oligarchy Special Interest Globalist "democracy" now, using all the tools of Govt. and Business to control the levers of power.

Don't take my word for it, that's why BRICS so popular, people like their country matters to resolved internally, not by those external in this new Globalist 'democracy', that's not winning any market share, rather losing it fast.

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Concentration of power is the real issue and clearly in Democracy it's become far more concentrated, making it far more similar to 'autocratic states'.

Right, so reform democracy. Don't embrace fascism/authoritarianism.

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Where's the new shining Democracies in Middle East & West Asia after all these decades of US NATO led war?

ZERO! Ditto the rest of the global south, just coups and destabilization, but go ahead and call it Democracy if it makes you feel better!

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Just like any other system, democracy - when abused - is also a screwed up way of government! Too much democracy here and there resulted into the dummifying of the population, and the widespread abuse of the ones in power.

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Concentration of power is the real issue 

oh, is it now? The problem with posting from a database is you don’t actually know what you’ve previously posted. Leads you to post entirely contradictory statements depending on the answer you seek to the present question. Like cheerleading Speaker Johnson’s stand alone funding for Israel while lamenting genocide in Gaza or in this case hawking for Trump while lamenting concentration of power, which is his very publicly stated intent.

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Then what do you call suspending the constitution and making onself dictator for a day? 

political hyperbole. “A” day should be the hint of the unseriousness of it.

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Seems SCOTUS now engulfed in protecting democracy, will take on the immunity case, the left calling it blatantly partisan, a gift to Trump etc. I guess Democracy has no integrity, nobody believes in the institutions.

Above, hardly an impressive 'sell' of Democracy Globally!

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Does anyone believe SCOTUS should delegate decisions that pertain to Democracy to lower courts?

Rather absurd if you believe so.

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political hyperbole.

Is suspending the constitution also "political hyperbole"? Whatever that's supposed to mean.

“A” day should be the hint of the unseriousness of it.

You know someone is funny when they have to explain it was a joke. Unfortunately though, you have rightists here and elsewhere who actually want Trump to be dictator. And they're not joking.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/02/07/trump-dictator-authoritarian-democracy/

https://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-dictator-supporters-day-one-biden-1852021

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guess Democracy has no integrity, nobody believes in the institutions.

Wish I could argue with you on this one. I can’t.

Smith petitioned them to take the case months ago. Now, after 2 fed courts ruled, they’ll take it…7 weeks from now.

they’re helping him run the clock out. Heck, I think Bass and Blacklabel would acknowledge that…they like it, but I’d reckon they still acknowledge it.

would be a bit different if it started next week. Guess they have more pressing cases to hear…

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political hyperbole. “A” day should be the hint of the unseriousness of it.

Delusions. The guy was entirely serious.

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Given the "lower levels of education", it seems hard to ever make the would-be authoritarian supporters see any sense. I worry we will all be sucked into their chaotic vortex in time. And when their preferred rulers see reason that they should not be among the chosen, and wish to marginalise or eradicate them, it will be too late to say, "But we told you so." All these countries supporting fascism will be like cats in a bag because fascism cannot long be transnational or universal so there will be a permanent state of crisis. But this involves thinking beyond the end of your nose and lower levels of education impair that. It's about me, here, now.

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Delusions. The guy was entirely serious.

Not even delusions. They know exactly what they're doing.

They'll deny it until the fascism they crave, and then "Tee hee, oops, too late now."

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Hey Hope, pop Project 2025 into your database and then come back and tell us about the evils of concentration of power

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It's not so much concentration as ABUSE of powers. The Globalist Special Interests seek to domination of satellite states using their 'democracy' as a trojan horse.

You'll find rich Billionaires, like one's with weird orange taint, are not controlled by Oligarchy donor class. Rather they advocate for states' rights, private sector led society and market competition versus centralized Govt. power.

I'm sure Project 2025's well done from viewpoint of those of who funded it, the Globalists naturally.

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What do you call suspending the constitution and making oneself dictator for a day?

A sound bite to send Biden admin heads spinning? Lol.

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Try telling all those citizens in US about all their great democratic freedoms as inflation and High Prices rage. Nobody young can buy a home with high interest rates, rents are thru the roof etc.

Meanwhile illegal and often dangerous migrants pouring into open borders, as Govt lavishes them with spending programs being re-purposed from their original intent. Food, travel, education, housing, meanwhile the Govt. deficits are exploding, what a Democracy that must be!

Naturally, Globalists and their Corps. making a $KILLING!

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Yes, because he isn't making ridiculous statements like wanting to suspend the constitution

no he just ignores the Constitution.

trump is getting elected again. you can start accepting it now and come to terms with it -or-cry again, all shocked and surprised again, on the actual day. It’s inevitable.

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Imagine, your representative voted for bill XYZ, call it a Covid-19 program. Hundreds of $billions unspent. As Joe citizen, you supported your rep and his vote for this bill.

You did not support this money being spent on illegal aliens and their healthcare, housing, food, transportation, while compete with your kids and degrade the education because they don't speak English.

Sounds like Democracy's working real well!

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There's an old saying about how you don't appreciate something/someone until it/they are gone. We take our liberty as free citizens for granted nowadays. There's no guarantee we'll always have it.

People lusting for authoritarianism, @Blacklabel (who shows signs of some education) foremost among them, ought to pay more attention to the lessons of history. Even if you think it's going to great to have a demagogue to tell everyone what they can & can't do, what if your niece/nephew or aunt/uncle thinks differently? Are you going to feel okay about them being dragged into a ditch somewhere and shot in the head? Because that's the way things are heading, with your fantasy super hero orange chimp, and sons, leading the regime.

Check out this thorough portrait of Mussolini's time in Italy. The parallels with then & what the chimp wants now are impossible to ignore.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLpEGVEX9qo

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no he just ignores the Constitution.

Nope. No he doesn't. That's 91 time indicted Donald J Trump.

trump is getting elected again. 

lol No he isn't.

you can start accepting it now

Kind of like how the righists accepted Biden getting elected and stormed the Capitol to prevent the peaceful transfer of power on January 6th?

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As result, most in US and Ukraine are not happy with "Democracy", as US citizens and Ukrainians not getting the bill of goods they expected, rather just the opposite.

Covid 19 Govt. Funds repurposed for illegal aliens?

Democracy in Ukraine repurposed into war with Russia?

That's not sustainable, Democracy can't survive above.

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Representative democracy remains a favorite system of governance around the globe, but its appeal is slipping on the eve of elections in much of the world, according to a survey of 24 democratic countries by the Pew Research Center released Wednesday.

Absolute rubbish assessment. If they are trying to say more and more people do not want a say in their country, do not want a vote in a free and fair system, then I call BS on that.

Where are the polls saying people want to be ruled by crooked Autocrats, and in the case of current democracies, to lose their right to vote? I see no such polls.

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Must say 'democracies' in other 'bad' countries, where voting takes place, decidedly more democratic than US Oligarchy Globalist Special Interest Democracy. While not perfect, original intent of voters = far more protected.

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I'm sure Project 2025's well done from viewpoint of those of who funded it, the Globalists naturally.

you hear this, Blacklabel? This is your ally.

No, Hope, Project 2025 is not funded by globalists…

check your database before you post.

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student debt relief.

Oh no! Some people are getting their student debt cancelled! That's terrible,

Meanwhile, Trump wants to suspend the constitution and make himself dictator. Yes, these two things are exactly the same brilliant point.

It’s happening.

lol Keep dreaming. He's not getting back in.

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People lusting for authoritarianism, @Blacklabel

Regime, chimp, chimp, demagogue? Nah we will be fine under Trumps strong leadership.

the left don’t mind authoritarianism when it’s what you want done. We lived through yours, you will live (unhappily) through ours.

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Must say 'democracies' in other 'bad' countries, where voting takes place, decidedly more democratic than US Oligarchy Globalist Special Interest Democracy. While not perfect, original intent of voters = far more protected.

yes, Like Russia, China, Iran, and let’s not forget, the Democratic Republic of Korea…

dude, just stop…

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Regime, chimp, chimp, demagogue? Nah we will be fine under Trumps strong leadership.

There's nothing strong or respectable about groveling on your knees in front of Dictators like Trump did.

the left don’t mind authoritarianism when it’s what you want done. 

Yes, Black, let's change the meanings of words to pretend that cancelling student debt for some people is the same as Trump wanting to be dictator and his supporters wanting that, too. Great point. Sounds very smart and convincing.

We lived through yours, you will live (unhappily) through ours.

Yeah, and you tried to prevent the peaceful transfer of power, too.

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Source? Video? Picture?

Yes. It's been widely reported. Trump siding with Putin over his own intelligence. Meeting alone in the oval and overseas alone with only Putin and no one else.

forgiveness of student debt in the manner it was done is unconstitutional, right?

I don't know that it was. Am I supposed to be more concerned with that than I am Trump openly saying he wants to be a dictator? Only an idiot would think these two things are comparable.

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Yes. It's been widely reported. Trump siding with Putin over his own intelligence. Meeting alone in the oval and overseas alone with only Putin and no one else.

that’s not groveling on his knees in front of dictators though is it?

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