Portugal is the third country in the world that feels least represented by its government and where citizens at least consider their voice to differ politically. It is one of the results of a study by the Alliance of Democracies Foundation (Rasmussen Global) and the German department center Dalia Research was conducted at the level of 50 countries and confirms the main work of the work: in the eyes of the citizens, governments around the world fail and mistrust of democracies is greater in democratic countries than in those who are not.
In this Index of Democratic Perceptions 201
"The biggest risk for democracies at present is that the public does not consider them more democratic," says Nico Jaspers, director of managing director of Dalia Research, referring to one of the data, according to which 64% of people are dissatisfied with the democracy in which they live, because they believe their government "rarely" or "never" acts in the public interest.
The research is based on two key issues: Do citizens perceive that their government acts to represent the public interest? And do you think your vote counts in politics? It is the people who live in non-democratic regimes that see their governments most acting on their own interest: 41% compared to 64% of dissatisfaction in democracies. The country where dissatisfaction is lowest is in Saudi Arabia, where only 15 percent think their government "never" or "rarely" works in their interest.
In the answers, Portugal is one of the countries where citizens say Government "rarely" or "never" acts according to their interests. The country leading the list, with 80% of the responses in this regard, is Kenya, which is not democratic, like Nigeria, giving 68% dissatisfaction with representation. However, most of the most dissatisfied people live in democracies, and in this area, in front of Portugal, where 71% of respondents believe that the government never or rarely deals with people's interests, only Austria (73%) appears. This is followed by Sweden (70%), Poland (68%), Denmark (69%), Belgium, Japan, Ireland, Italy and Canada (all 67%).
less believe the people's voice is counted (74%), followed by the poles (63%). Portugal has the same 62% response rate as France and Austria in the sense that "rarely" or "never" is taken into account and thus ranks third in both rankings.
The Nordic countries and Northern Europe, which are usually considered the most democratic, will soon follow. In Norway, Germany and the Netherlands, 60% of citizens do not believe in their number of votes, as well as only half of the British and 49% of Americans.
The impact of the banks on European democracies
Most Europeans believe that banks and the financial sector have had a negative impact on democracy in their countries, with Greece as the most critical, a decade after a debt crisis that led many Greeks to poverty . Globally, 52% of those surveyed felt they did not feel their country was prepared for another financial crisis.
In Europe, the same 52% consider that the European Union is not in the majority of Europeans' interests, as it is Italy, France and Greece. In Italy, where Eurosceptic parties won last year's elections and now governments, 69% believe that EU decisions are not the interests of the population.
This study comes at a time when the 28 EU leaders decide on the headquarters of the European institutions, in a process criticized by some for not being sufficiently democratic and transparent.
In the United States, where the 2020 presidential election is growing, 46% of respondents said their country is democratic and 40% said it is not sufficiently democratic. More than half of US interviewees said the US had a positive impact on democracy around the world, although most Western countries, like Canada and most of Europe, felt that the effect was negative.
More than 40% of people interviewed in the United States, Canada and Austria believe that social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter, have had a negative impact on democracy. with Reuters
NOTE! News is corrected at 21:00, in the opposite direction from what was originally published, due to an error in the interpretation of data. The ranking is read by the positive, when the answers are presented in a negative direction, which indicates the respondents' dissatisfaction. To the readers, our excuses.