There has been a recent restoration of some semblance of democratic procedures in Argentina and Venezuela, but democratic values are playing defense in many parts of the world. Most importantly, Americans are beginning to believe their system of elections is failing.
Gallup recently asked if people think the presidential campaign is working the way people believe it should. That number has declined precipitously among adherents of all three parties. Overall, only 37 percent of the public now believe the election process is working appropriately.
Anger with the system is driving presidential politics and at least some parts of the public don’t necessarily consider democracy that essential.
- Fewer than 30% of Millennials believe it’s essential to live in a democracy (World Value Survey – 2005-2011)
- More than 25% of Gen X and Millennials believe democracy is a “bad” or “very bad” way to run the U.S.