Support for Democracy

Survey Items

Some people prefer to live under a democracy because it protects human and individual rights, even though it can be inefficient and messy at times. Others prefer to live under a dictatorship because of its order and efficiency. What do you prefer more a democracy or a dictatorship? 1 = dictatorship; 2 = democracy

Which of these three statements is closest to your own opinion? (Alternative: Which of these statements is closest to your view?; Alternative middle answer: For someone like me, it doesn’t matter what kind of government we have.) 1 = in some circumstances, a non-democratic government can be preferable; 2 = for people like me, it doesn’t matter what kind of government we have; 3 = democracy is preferable to any other kind of government

Do you believe that democracy is the best form of government or is there another form of government which is better? 1 = other better, 2 = undecided, 3 = democracy best

I would like you read you some statements. Please tell me if you agree or disagree with each statement. Democracy is the best system for a country like ours: 1 = disagree, 2 = it depends or don’t know, 3 = agree

Now we are going to ask about different types of political regimes. I would like you to tell me with which of the following statements you agree. 1 = in some cases and authoritarian regime, a dictatorship, can be preferable, 2 = for people like me it is all the same, 3 = democracy is preferable to any other regime

Which of the following statements comes closest to your own opinion? (Alternative: Which of the following statements do you agree with most?) 1 = under some circumstances, an authoritarian government can be preferable to a democratic one; 2 = for people like me, it does not matter whether we have a democratic or a nondemocratic regime; 3 = democracy is always preferable to any other kind of government

To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements? Democracy may have problems, but it’s better than any other form of government. 1 = strongly disagree, 2 = disagree, 3 = agree, 4 = strongly agree

I would like you read you some statements. Please tell me if you agree or disagree with each statement. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements? Democracy is the best system for a country like ours. 1 = strongly disagree, 2 = disagree, 3 = agree, 4 = strongly agree

I would like to read some statements to you now. For each statement do I need you to tell me if you agree or disagree? Democracy is the best political system for [Country]. 1 = totally disagree, 2 = disagree, 3 = agree, 4 = totally agree

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements? Democracy may have problems but it’s better than any other form of government. 1 = strongly disagree, 2 = disagree, 3 = neither agree nor disagree, 4 = agree, 5 = strongly agree

Below are some statements made by people on issues concerning society and state. To what extent do you agree or disagree with each? Democracy is the best form of rule. 1 = definitely disagree, 2 = disagree, 3 = not certain, 4 = agree, 5 = definitely agree

Democracy may have problems, but it is better than any other form of government. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement? 1 = strongly disagree, 7 = strongly agree