Americans Might Abandon Democracy

Using Prolific Academic, two political scientists in late 2015 discovered that 24 percent, or one out of four Americans lack a basic commitment to democratic governance — a belief in debate, compromise and elected officials making public decisions. They wrote a book about this phenomenon in 2001, called “Stealth Democracy,” when they found a slightly larger faction, 27 percent, lacked commitment to democratic principles.

They write in The Washington Post that “a surprising number of Americans feel dismissive about such core features of democratic government as deliberation, compromise and decision-making by elected, accountable officials. They believe that governing is (or should be) simple, and best undertaken by a few smart, capable people who are not overtly self-interested and can solve challenging issues without boring discussions and unsatisfying compromises.”

There is a high correlation between these anti-democracy beliefs and Donald Trump supporters. “Far fewer Democrats and independents are stealth democrats. In fact, only 16 percent of Democrats and 19 percent of independents are — compared with 40 percent of Republicans.”

The authors of the study are:

I’ve posted on this blog some disturbing surveys of American public opinion:

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