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Survey: More than half of Germans see democracy at risk


Right-wing populism, migrants, left-wing extremists and the United States: Democratic, according to survey respondents. Every tenth German sees the state form negative.

According to a recent study, 53 percent of Germans see democracy in danger in this country. In a study by the market research institute YouGov in cooperation with the Sinus Institute, respondents rated right-wing extremism as a threat to democracy, followed by right-wing populism, migrants, left-wing extremists and the US.

According to the survey, 83 percent consider the general idea of ​​democracy a good thing. 79 percent are also of the opinion that democracy is the best form of rule for Germany. Almost one in ten Germans, however, does not agree with these two statements and is opposed to democracy as a form of government.

According to the study, there is a clear discrepancy between the generally positive democratization assessment and the perceived practical implementation. 54 percent of respondents are satisfied with the actual democracy in Germany, 40 percent are dissatisfied.

Respondents see too little participation in democracy

Among other things, the respondents are dissatisfied with the opportunities for citizens to participate: just under two thirds believe that there are too few opportunities for people to participate. 34 percent are convinced that their vote has little effect. At the same time, satisfaction with the democratic status quo varies considerably between the various groups of voters: Green voters are most satisfied (79 percent) with the way democracy works in Germany. Also voters of CDU / CSU (72 percent), SPD and FDP (64 percent each) were positive. Already clearly knocked off, the Left voters follow with 49 percent. Only 19 percent of the AfD voters are satisfied.

The representative study was published on the occasion of the Day of Democracy next Sunday. From 22 August to 1 September, more than 2020 voters aged 18 and over were interviewed

Source: zeit

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