While the US and the UK have used this year’s G7 summit to underline China and Russia’s ‘threat to democracy’ – they might want to look in the mirror first.
In a new global poll, 44% of respondents believed the United States was a threat to democracy in their own country.
By contrast, 38% believed China was a threat, and 28% thought Russia was a threat.
Some 50,000 people across 53 countries were surveyed in the poll, which was commissioned by the non-profit organization Alliance of Democracies.
The pandemic may have had an effect on the results, as support for governments’ responses to COVID-19 dropped to 51% in most democratic countries.
In Asia, that figure stands at 75%.
But the world was almost united on one particular opinion, with 64% of respondents believing that economic inequality was the biggest threat to global democracy.