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🗳️ Support for democracy is very high
It's so easy for us to get stuck in certain narratives. One such narrative is that democracy is threatened and support for democracy is weakening.
As often, it contains a certain amount of truth. We see populist politicians with little respect for democracy and fair elections in several countries - and voters who vote for them.
But when only that is repeated over and over, other parts of the truth are forgotten.
Such as that support for democracy is very high.
This was shown by the Democracy Perception Index presented at the Copenhagen Democracy Summit this week.
Or that all measurements of countries' levels of democracy show the same negative trend.
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