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Democracy Perception Index

The world’s largest annual study on how people perceive democracy.

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Democracy Perception Index Report 2021

The Democracy Perception Index (DPI) is the world’s largest annual study on democracy, covering more than 50 countries and representative of more than 75% of the world’s population. The DPI is conducted by Latana in collaboration with the Alliance of Democracies, to monitor attitudes towards democracy from around the world.

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2021 Key Findings

Threats to Democracy

Economic inequality is the biggest perceived threat to democracy

% agree that ______ is a threat to democracy in their country

Economic Inequality
Limits on Free Speech
Unfair or Fraudulent Elections
Power of Big Tech
US’s Influence
Foreign Election Interference
China’s Influence
Russia’s Influence

15

25

27

23

26

29

32

36

64

53

49

48

44

42

38

28

50%

DISAGREE

0%

AGREE

75%

THREAT

Democracy During COVID

COVID-19: Europe and America are failing in the eyes of their citizens

% say that their country is responding well to the COVID 19 crisis

People in Asia are most satisfied with their country’s response

Average satisfaction in Asia is significantly higher than in Europe and Latin America. People living in free democracies are also much less satisfied with their country’s response, with only 51% saying their country is responding well.

Global
58%
Free
51%
Less Free
65%
Asia
75%
Europe
45%
Latin America
42%
% say that their country is responding well to the COVID 19 crisis

2020 Key Findings

Democracy Perception

78%

of people around the world say that democracy is important to have in their country

43%

of people living in democracies say their government only serves the interests of a minority

Initial Response to COVID-19

Overall, 70% percent of people believe their government responded “well” to the COVID 19 crisis (as of May 2020). The highest satisfaction was in China, Vietnam and Greece. The lowest was in Brazil, Chile, France.

China
95%
Vietnam
95%
Greece
89%
World Average
70%
France
46%
Chile
39%
Brazil
34%
% say their government is responding “well” (May 2020)

Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2021

The Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2021, an initiative of the Alliance of Democracies Foundation, will take place in hybrid format on May 10-11, 2021. It will draw participants from business executives, political leaders, activists and other democracy supporters to discuss the future of global democracy, US leadership and post-COVID recovery, technology and democratic trust.

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As we’re entering a period of profound economic, political and societal changes, democracy is more important than ever. It enables us to have a say in what we want our collective future to look like.
Dr. Nico Jaspers, CEO Latana

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