WORLD 44 pct of world people view US as threat to democracy: poll

WORLD

44 pct of world people view US as threat to democracy: poll

Xinhua

14:26, May 08, 2021

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COPENHAGEN, May 8 (Xinhua) -- A survey conducted in 53 countries has found that 44 percent of people around the world deem the United States a threat to their democracy.

Out of the 53,000 people polled across 53 countries, 44 percent of the respondents considered U.S. influence on their country to be a "threat to democracy," according to the survey conducted by Latana in partnership with the Alliance of Democracies, which was founded in Denmark by former NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

Meanwhile, 64 percent of people around the world also regarded economic inequality as a threat to democracy, along with "limits on free speech" at 53 percent, "unfair or fraudulent elections" at 49 percent, and the power of Big Tech companies -- most of which are based in the United States -- at 48 percent.

The poll also showed that concerns over U.S. influence on other democracies has increased since last year, up by 20 percent in Germany alone.

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