Are people satisfied with the state of democracy in their country?

How satisfied are people in Europe with the way democracy works in their country?


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Map of the percentage of Europeans that are satistfied with the way democracy works in their country.

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This map shows the percentage of people that have responded with either “very satisfied” or “fairly satisfied” to the following question: “On the whole, are you very satisfied, fairly satisfied, not very satisfied or not at all satisfied with the way democracy works in (OUR COUNTRY)?”.

The data comes from the EP Autumn 2021 Eurobarometer (96.2), a survey carried out in November and December of 2021in all EU member states. This was one of the questions in the survey and one that I find very interesting. It gives a very good picture of the public opinion on the state of democracy in their country.

The EU average is 57% and we can see that the results by country vary quite widely. The lowest satisfaction can be found in Slovenia where 68% of the population is not satisfied with how democracy works in Slovenia. That’s a very worrying number. Greece, Bulgaria, Slovakia and Romania also have a worrying low number. In all of these countries less than 40% of the population is satisfied with the way democracy works in their country.

The highest percentage can be found in Luxembourg, where 88% of the population is satisfied with the way democracy works in Luxembourg. The Nordic member states and Ireland also score over 80%.

Curious how this relates to the Democracy Index score? Have a look at this and this map.

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