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Thursday, February 29, 2024

Support for Authoritarian Government

Laura Silver and Janell Fetterolf at Pew:
While most people see representative democracy as a good way to govern their country, large shares of the public in many countries are open to nondemocratic alternatives.

Indeed, a median of 31% across 24 nations are supportive of authoritarian systems, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. The survey asked about two authoritarian models of government: a system in which a strong leader can make decisions without interference from parliament or the courts (“authoritarian leader”) and a system in which the military rules the country (“military rule”).