No matter how American politicians and the media criticize “totalitarian” China, there are far more people among US citizens who consider their country undemocratic.
This is evidenced by the results of a study by the Alliance of Democracies and Dalia Research, which was conducted in 53 countries from April to June 2020 among 124 thousand people.
A large-scale survey is conducted annually, and in 2020, the results of the study showed that 40% of citizens of those countries that are considered “free” according to the Freedom House NGO funded by George Soros consider their states undemocratic.
The study takes into account three parameters: the indicator of those who consider their country democratic; an indicator of those who believe that his country needs democracy; the difference between these indicators, which is called the deficit of democracy.
Among the countries with the smallest deficit in 2020 were Taiwan, the Philippines, Switzerland, Denmark and Saudi Arabia. At the bottom of the list are Venezuela, Poland, Hungary, Ukraine and Nigeria.
It is also noteworthy that in China 73% of respondents called their country democratic, while in the United States only 49% gained it. The democracy deficit in China was 11%, down from 20% last year. In the United States, the deficit rate was fixed at 24%, which is only 2% below the level of 2019.
In Russia, according to Western analysts, the deficit was 27%, down 5 points from last year. Thus, the difference between the Russian Federation and the United States is only 3%. It is noteworthy that Freedom House, nevertheless, classifies Russia as “not free,” unlike the United States.