uh … what was the question again?
from the world values survey, 2005-2008:
“Many things may be desirable, but not all of them are essential characteristics of democracy. Please tell me for each of the following things how essential you think it is as a characteristic of democracy. Use this scale where 1 means *not at all an essential characteristic of democracy* and 10 means it definitely is *an essential characteristic of democracy*: People choose their leaders in free elections.”
percentage of those people in each country who answered 10 – free elections are definitely an essential characteristic of democracy:
jesus h. christ – we scored lower than burkina faso. *facepalm*
i got to thinking about what people(s) think ‘democracy’ is after hail wondered what libyans think ‘democracy’ means (’cause only 29% of libyans recently surveyed want to live in a democracy).
update: here’s an ethnic breakdown for the u.s. on who responded what to the
take me to your vote for leader question. 61.5% of white americans think that that’s an essential part of democracy, only 33.2% of black americans think so (click on image for LARGER view – should open in new tab/window):
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