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China Is More Democratic Than America, Say the People

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A survey suggests that many who live in democracies don’t actually feel like they do.

By Ben Schott

June 26, 2020, 1:39 PM EDT

“No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise,” said Winston Churchill in 1947. “Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.” It would seem that most people agree.

Overall, 78% of people believe that democracy is important; around the world, that number ranges from 92% in Greece (the “cradle of democracy”) to 50% in Iran (a “theocratic republic,” according to the Central Intelligence Agency).

However, even 40% of those living in bona fide democracies (those countries classified as “free” by Freedom House) believe that their country is not, in fact, democratic.

The disparity between those who believe in democracy and those who think they live in a democracy is the “perceived democratic deficit,” according to the Democracy Perception Index, an annual survey of 124,000 people across 53 countries conducted by Dalia Research, in collaboration with the Alliance of Democracies. The greater the deficit, the more citizens feel that their country fails to honor their democratic ideals. 

Interestingly, every one of the 53 countries surveyed in both 2020 and 2019 had some form of deficit, indicating that even in the freest of societies, democracy remains a work in progress or even an unattainable goal.

The countries with the smallest deficits in 2020 include Taiwan, Philippines, Switzerland, Denmark and Saudi Arabia; those with the largest include Venezuela, Poland, Hungary, Ukraine and Nigeria. 

Charted below are the survey results from 20 countries, and they illustrate some startling beliefs — not least that 73% of Chinese consider China to be democratic, whereas only 49% of Americans believe the same about the U.S.

 

 

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10 hours ago, Reza said:

 

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124000 people is an extreemly small sample, when talking about entire countries, china has 1 billion people, america has 300million,etc

These statistics should only be taken as a fact when it comes to the specific people interviewed, the real results coule be radically diffirent from the results shown.

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A democracy by definition is a system of government in which the majority of people are running their country through representatives etc. The wiser Americans disagree and disown the genocidal foreign policy of their state, saying they are helpless and slave to the will of their establishment and have nothing to do with, e.g. the wars, destruction, mass murders, economic murders, forced starvation and decades of illegal occupation of the middle east or places like Afghanistan. Same goes for many so-called "democratic" countries. In truth its just a system which gives the illusion of peoples' involvement and respect of their wishes in running their country. Another good thing about it being just an illusion imo and in case of my country Pakistan is that if the majority of its people had complete control of the state then India and Pakistan both would have been destroyed in nuclear war, all the minorities in Pakistan would have been ravaged and killed while anyone trading with us would always find fake products, fake currency notes, and all sorts of scams, frauds and the lowest things possible by official decree of our state and communications full of deceit and hatred. Just being perfectly honest. I guess same thing would apply to most countries. "We lost the football match?! Nuke Brazil NOW!!!!"

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I'm looking at footage now of China loading Uyghurs onto trains. Like a certain other totalitarian state did to a certain other religious group back in the 1940s.

I thought that the people of the world agreed that this was never going to happen again?

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