…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
According to the 2015 Lowy Institute poll 49% of Australians between 18 and 29 do not agree that democracy is preferable to any other form of government. Sounds frightening, does it not? Then we have even more frightening figure from USA – 46% of Americans apparently agree that Obama is doing good job [Gallup – week 5 – 11 October, 2015] and from Australia where Malcolm Turbull is getting amazing 50% for doing absolutely nothing, just for not being Tony Abbott.
True, polls are fluctuating and not an infallible reflection of what a voter ultimately would do in the privacy of a voting booth. Still, the National Socialists Workers Party (NSDAP) got to power in Germany with 33%, the same percentage which brought communists to power in Czechoslovakia after WWII.
Closer to our times, in 2014 Bashar Assad decided have the election, the first multi-candidate direct presidential election in a long time, and got respectable 80% of vote. Angela and Barack did not like it much, envy, most likely, but the monitors from India, Nicaragua, Russia, Iran, Bolivia, Brazil,Cuba, Ecuador, Iraq, South Africa and Venezuela declared the electoral process “free, fair and transparent”. I guess by their standards it was.
So 49% of youngsters are not too enchanted with a democratic system? What a surprise.