countries were qualified as democracies. 89 countries were categorized as autocracies and in that about 9 as absolute hereditary monarchies.
Democracies showed an upward trend when the Soviet bloc and Soviet Union itself disintegrated between 1989 and 1991. Out of the 72 countries rated as autocracies in 1988, only 15 still continue to be autocratic. About the rest, 25 turned to democratic path and the rest had mixed ratings.
According to the survey conducted, majorities in 38 countries polled opined that representative democracy as a rather good method to run their country. The majority surveyed in these countries also said the same about democratic form of government. Non- democratic methods also had some supporters.
Pew Research Organization conducting research and surveys on the trends and future of democracy. According to surveys conducted across the globe public support still remains strong for democracy and number of democratic nations in the post war scenario is found to be high.
Some Key Findings.
As per the survey conducted nine-in –ten people in Sweden opined that representative democracy is a sound way to run their country.
Germans, according to the survey vehemently came against the rule by a military or a strong leader.
According to the survey people in Vietnam expressed their support for a military rule.