Across the globe, the spread of right-wing populism and authoritarian politics have shaken the very foundations of democracy. A new survey from Pew Research has found that publics across the globe are generally unhappy with the functionality of their political systems, though levels of satisfaction with democracy vary hugely between countries.
As can be seen from the following infographic which shows a selection of countries from the survey, people in India have tremendous faith in democracy—79 percent of those polled said they are satisfied with the way democracy is working in India compared to 11 percent who are dissatisfied. Germany also recorded a high level (73 percent) of satisfaction with democracy.
In many other developed countries, however, faith is waning. In the United Kingdom and Japan, 47 percent of people are not satisfied with how democracy is working in their countries while in the US, that rises to 51 percent. France, South Korea and Brazil all recorded dissatisfaction levels of 65 percent or higher.