Exploring Support for Democracy Across the Globe

This report is the first comprehensive analysis on the state of support for democracy across the globe using data from the Global Barometer Surveys. The focus is on support for democracy both because democracy is at the core of the GBS surveys, and because, as a political system, it is currently facing an uphill battle to defend its legitimacy. By exploring the state of support for democracy across regions and the potential factors that lead to the variations in levels of support for democracy, this report provides a wide-ranging picture that is able to inform scholars and policymakers about the challenges faced by political institutions and possible solutions that could help restore citizens’ confidence in democracy.