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One-Third Of Republicans Favor Strongman Leaders With Unchecked Power: Survey


One-Third Of Republicans Favor Strongman Leaders With Unchecked Power: Survey

Right-wingers are more likely to support non-democratic forms of government, according to a Pew Research Center survey of 38 nations published Monday.

“The level of support for some of the nondemocratic approaches, even in Western long-standing democracies, is notable,” said Richard Wike, one of the report’s lead authors. “If you’re looking at rule by the military or strong leader models, it’s minorities, but it’s significant minorities.”

The global survey asked respondents to express whether or not they believed the statement: “A system in which a strong leader can make decisions without interference from parliament or the courts would be a good way to govern our country.”

One-third of Republicans agreed with that statement, while just 17 percent of Democrats did.

In addition to political ideology, education is also a key indicator of support for nondemocratic approaches.

Some 24 percent of Americans without a high school degree said military rule would be good for the country — compared with just 7 percent of those with high school degrees.

Foreign Policy added:

While the Pew study only captured current attitudes and did not look at change over time, other recent studies have shown that today’s youth have less confidence in democracy than previous generations. Millennials in Europe and the United States are less likely to view elections and civil rights as important, in what researchers are calling a “crisis of democratic legitimacy.” Rising inequality, economic stagnation, and political gridlock have contributed to the sense among young people that democracy doesn’t deliver on its promises.

Since 2006, the number of healthy liberal democracies around the world has shrunk, in what Stanford University scholar Larry Diamond referred to in 2015 as an ongoing “democratic recession.”


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