Poll: Support for democracy PLUNGING across the Americas
03/14/2022 // Ramon Tomey // Views

The 2021 iteration of the AmericasBarometer survey found that support for democracy is waning across the Americas. It also found that respondents from 18 out of 22 countries believe their government leaders are corrupt and cannot be trusted.

More than 60,000 voting-age adults across North, Central and South America – including the Caribbean – were interviewed in the poll. According to poll results, only 63 percent of respondents from Canada to Chile expressed support for democracy in 2021.

The 2021 survey result aligned with those of earlier AmericasBarometer surveys that showed an almost 10 percent decline in the support for democracy since 2004. It also provided a possible explanation for the rise in authoritarian strongmen ascending to power in some countries in the region.

Of the 22 countries surveyed, 18 of them said they believe their government leaders are involved in corruption. Peru ranked the highest among them, with 88 percent of Peruvian respondents believing so. Brazil and Colombia followed with almost 80 percent of Brazilian and Colombian respondents saying their officials are corrupt.

Only 20 percent of Canadian respondents believe their government officials are corrupt. Uruguay, the U.S. and Canada followed suit – with between 30 percent and 50 percent of participants claiming corruption on the part of their elected officials. On average, about three in five adults – almost 60 percent – view their elected representatives as untrustworthy.

This disenchantment toward elected officials also encompassed the electoral process itself. Only two in five adults – 40 percent – said they trust elections in their country. Less than 50 percent of participants in the countries surveyed believe votes are always counted correctly.


"These attitudes are correlated with declining support for democracy. The more cynical people are about the integrity of their elections and elected representatives, the less likely they are to support democracy. In many cases, such negative views of electoral politics are justified," the survey pointed out.

Democracy out, authoritarianism in

The survey continued: "Most people in the Americas want their voices heard, but they don't think most of their elected representatives are listening. Instead, they're increasingly turning toward charismatic populists to channel their voices against experienced politicians they believe to be corrupt."

The AmericasBarometer survey also found that many respondents over the years have expressed their support toward closing their countries' respective legislatures. Participants said they backed this practice of self-coup, known as "autogolpe" in Spanish-speaking countries, in the span of 11 years. From about 14 percent of respondents supporting the closure of legislatures in 2010, this has risen to almost 30 percent in 2021.

The survey pointed two instances of strongmen in the executive branch infringing, if not dissolving, national legislatures. Back in October 2019, former Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra dissolved the Congress of Peru. He accused the country's congress of blocking his attempts to reform the government widely seen as corrupt by Peruvians.

A year later, the leader of El Salvador briefly occupied the country's Legislative Assembly – backed by the military. In February 2020, Salvadorian President Nayib Bukele occupied the seat of the head of the legislature while guarded by soldiers in full battle gear. The president justified his move as necessary because lawmakers were delaying plans to approve a proposal to fight crime in the country.

"Modern democracies are supposed to translate the people's voice into politics through elected representatives. But across the Americas, the public is losing faith in that system. A growing number of eligible voters prefer to see people whom they consider to be strong leaders run the government – even if that means skipping elections or overturning their results," the survey concluded.

"Unless citizens everywhere regain confidence in the integrity of their elections and representative institutions, democracy across the Americas will remain endangered."

Watch this video explaining the difference between representative democracy and direct democracy.

This video is from the Dandin channel on Brighteon.com.

More related stories:

As a global, end times war nears, despotism is being ramped up in America: Expect armed guards outside of purebloods homes and 'COVID camps' in their war upon Americans.

Why leftists love both authoritarianism and anarchy – They're not as different as they seem. In fact, they're two sides of the same evil coin.

Authoritarianism is harming press freedoms across the globe.

Tyranny.news has more stories about the decline of democracy and the rise of authoritarianism.

Sources include:





Take Action:
Support Natural News by linking to this article from your website.
Permalink to this article:
Embed article link:
Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use is permitted with credit to NaturalNews.com (including a clickable link).
Please contact us for more information.
Free Email Alerts
Get independent news alerts on natural cures, food lab tests, cannabis medicine, science, robotics, drones, privacy and more.
App Store
Android App
eTrust Pro Certified

This site is part of the Natural News Network © 2022 All Rights Reserved. Privacy | Terms All content posted on this site is commentary or opinion and is protected under Free Speech. Truth Publishing International, LTD. is not responsible for content written by contributing authors. The information on this site is provided for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional advice of any kind. Truth Publishing assumes no responsibility for the use or misuse of this material. Your use of this website indicates your agreement to these terms and those published here. All trademarks, registered trademarks and servicemarks mentioned on this site are the property of their respective owners.

This site uses cookies
Natural News uses cookies to improve your experience on our site. By using this site, you agree to our privacy policy.
Learn More
Get 100% real, uncensored news delivered straight to your inbox
You can unsubscribe at any time. Your email privacy is completely protected.