New Delhi :

Elections are taking place in major democracies around the world, which include nearly half of the world’s population. Elections will be held in America in November. Halfway through the year, elections have been held in Russia, South Korea, the European Union, Belgium, Mexico, Pakistan, France and Taiwan. India, the world’s largest democracy, ended the electoral exercise in human history.

Interestingly, a Pew Research report suggests that high-income nations, mostly in the West, are dissatisfied with the way democracy works in their country.

Who is dissatisfied?

The Pew Research Center conducted more than 900 interviews in 27 countries and asked respondents, “How satisfied are you with the way democracy works in your country?”

In North America, 68 percent of people are dissatisfied with the current functioning of democracy. The decline in satisfaction since 2021 shows a 10 percent decline in the U.S. In Mexico, an equal percentage of respondents were satisfied and dissatisfied. In Canada under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, only 52 percent of people are okay with how democracy works. Read the full report here

In Europe, only Sweden fared well, with 75 percent of respondents satisfied with the way democracy works. Interestingly, France, one of the world’s oldest democracies, came in at 35 percent happy. Greece was the lowest at 22 percent.

In Asia, only Singapore and India reported satisfaction above 75 percent. 77% of people in India were satisfied with the way democracy works. In Singapore, this rate is 80 percent. Japan was the lowest at 31 percent.

In 11 of the 27 countries, more than 50 percent of respondents are satisfied with democracy. Respondents in 11 out of 17 Western countries are largely dissatisfied.

Britain saw a major shift in political leanings with the Conservatives voting for Rishi Sink and Keir Starmer’s Labor winning a landslide victory after 13 years. France is witnessing a major political upheaval as the National Assembly has introduced a hung parliament, making it difficult to know who will hold key government posts.

In the US, Joe Biden is seeking another term amid concerns over his health, while Donald Trump, facing legal troubles, hopes to return to power.

Claudia Scheinbaum was elected Mexico’s first female president by a landslide, making history in a country plagued by criminal and gender-based violence.

Putin solidifies his grip on Russia with re-election unopposed. In power since the last day of 1999, he is now on track to become the longest-serving Russian leader in more than two centuries.

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