Poll: 22% of Americans Support Rule by ‘Strong Leader’ Free From ‘Parliament or Courts’

By Craig Bannister | October 17, 2017 | 11:45am EDT
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One in five (22%) of adult Americans think autocratic rule would be a “good” way of governing the United States, a Pew Research study released Monday shows.

The Pew global survey of 38 countries finds that, in the U.S., 76% of adults at least 18 years old say autocracy would be “Bad” – and 55% say it would be “Very Bad – but, 22% say it would be “Good.”

Pew asked:

“Would a system in which a strong leader can make decisions without interference from parliament or the courts be a good or bad way of governing this country?”

Pew reports it found similar opposition to the “strong leader” system in other countries, as well:

“Rule by a strong leader is generally unpopular, though minorities of a substantial size back it. A global median of 26% say a system in which a strong leader can make decisions without interference from parliament or the courts would be a good way of governing. Roughly seven-in-ten (71%) say it would be a bad type of governance.

“Opposition is particularly widespread in Europe (a median of 86% oppose rule by a strong leader), with strong opposition in Germany (93%), Sweden (90%) and the Netherlands (89%).”

Even fewer Americans voiced support for a government run by the military, with only 17% saying it would be “Good,” 86% calling it “Bad,” and nearly two-thirds (64%) characterizing it as “Very Bad.”

Support for military rule was generally higher in the other countries polled, Pew found:

“There is minority support for a governing system in which the military rules the country: a median of 24% in the 38 nations surveyed. At least four-in-ten Africans (46%) and Asians (41%) see value in a government run by the generals and admirals.

“The strongest backing is in Vietnam (70%), where the army has long played a pivotal role in governance in close collaboration with the Communist Party, especially in the 1960s and 70s during the war with the United States.”

Here, Pew asked respondents:

“Would a system in which the military rules the country be a good or bad way of governing this country?"

Source: Pew Research (Screenshot)



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