New Polling: A Generational Shift On Democracy From Harlem To Hollywood

September 14, 2023

A new poll commissioned by the Open Society Foundations finds that young people around the world hold the least faith in democracy of any age group, presenting a grave threat to its future. 

The Open Society Barometer is one of the largest-ever studies of global public opinion on human rights and democracy across 30 countries—painting a picture of the attitudes, concerns, and hopes of over 5.5 billion people worldwide.  

The concept of democracy remains widely popular, and a vast majority want to live in a democratic state. But people cited a number of serious concerns that impact their daily life—from climate change to political violence or simply affording enough food to eat. A shocking half of respondents said they struggled to feed themselves over the last year. 

Amidst the compounding crises of this generation, young people are more likely to believe in the efficacy of authoritarianism, supporting military rule and leaders who do away with checks on their power. At this critical turning point, the question becomes: can democracy deliver what people need most? 


Explore the results on our website.

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