Survey: 77% of Bulgarians say the Country is not Governed "by the Will of the People"

77 percent of Bulgarians believe that the country is not governed "according to the will of the people" (whatever that means).

Only 17 percent take the opposite position.

This is shown by data from the international comparative study "At the end of the year" of the Gallup International Association. The Democracy Survey covers 45 countries around the world and about 42,000 adult citizens - representing about two-thirds of the world's population. The data are from the time before the war in Ukraine, but are generally up to date, according to Gallup International. For Bulgaria, they mainly take into account the mood at the end of 2021, when voting was held three times in parliamentary elections and once in presidential elections.

Our population is traditionally among the most critical of the democratic nature of its government as a whole. Compared to the previous wave of research, attitudes towards this indicator are rather preserved and seem even more critical. The next edition of the study - in a few months - will show whether 2022 has brought a change in these principled attitudes, according to Gallup.

By comparison, an average of 42% of those surveyed worldwide are more likely to agree or strongly agree that their country is governed by the will of the people. However, more than half of the world's respondents do not consider their government to be democratic enough. The share of those who cannot judge whether their country is governed democratically is minimal.

Bulgaria (77 percent) together with Romania (80 percent) Colombia and Nigeria (76% in both countries) and Ukraine (73%) are among the most critical of democratic governance in their countries. The data are from the time before the war.

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