Democracy

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One of the most striking findings in our polling history has been about the value Australians place on democracy. Over the last six years, Australians, particularly young Australians, have consistently indicated a surprising ambivalence about democracy as a system of government.

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Democracy

In 2017, 60% of the voting-age population say that ‘democracy is preferable to any other kind of government’, consistent with previous years’ results.

In previous Lowy Institute Polls, the responses of younger Australians to this question have been striking, with only a minority of the 18-29 year age group expressing a preference for democracy up until 2016`. In 2017, a bare majority (52%) of Australians aged 18–29 years agree that democracy is the preferable form of government. As in previous years, the preference for democracy is stronger among older Australians, with 70% of those aged 60 years and over seeing it as preferable to any other kind of government.

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Democracy

I am going to read you three statements about democracy. Please say which one of the three statements comes closest to your own personal views about democracy.


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