Support for autocratic rule is higher in India than in any other nation surveyed, said Pew research
GN Bureau | November 17, 2017
Roughly two-thirds of Indians say a good way to govern the country would be experts, not elected officials, making decisions according to what they think is best for the nation. India is one of only seven countries among the 38 surveyed where more than six-in-ten support technocracy, said Pew Research Center.
In its latest report “Three Years In, Modi Remains Very Popular”, it said that a majority (55%) of Indians also back a governing system in which a strong leader can make decisions without interference from parliament or the courts, while 53% support military rule. Support for autocratic rule is higher in India than in any other nation surveyed. And India is one of only four nations where half or more of the public supports governing by the military.
“BJP supporters and those who live in urban areas are significantly more likely than Congress party backers and those in rural regions to support rule by a strong leader, by the military and by experts. Rural respondents and Congress supporters are significantly more likely to offer no opinion, however. Those with some college education or more are significantly more likely than those with a primary education or less to back rule by experts, although those with less education are also more likely to not answer. In general, there are no major differences by gender and age,” said the report.
The report noted that about eight-in-ten (79%) in India are satisfied with the way their democracy is currently working. This includes 33% who are very satisfied. BJP supporters (84%) are significantly more satisfied with Indian democracy than are Congress backers (65%).
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Views on the state of Indian democracy mirror public sentiment about the economy. Those who think economic conditions in India are good are much more likely than those who believe conditions are bad to be satisfied with Indian democracy (87% to 53%). Similarly, those who say today’s children will be better off financially than their parents are more likely than those who are pessimistic about prospects for the next generation to be satisfied with democracy (85% to 70%).
Both direct and representative democracies enjoy public support. Three-quarters of Indians say a democratic system, where representatives elected by citizens decide what becomes the law would be a good way to govern their country. A similar share believes it would be good if citizens, not elected officials, voted directly on major national issues, to decide what becomes the law. In its 70 years of independence India has never held a national referendum, although there have been state-level plebiscites, the report said.
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