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Poll: Visegrád Europeans not sure about future of democracy

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Visitors walk along a section of the Berlin Wall Memorial site along Bernauer street in Berlin, Germany

As the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall nears, a large opinion poll in former communist satellite countries in central and eastern Europe found uncertainty and disbelief in the future of democracy.

British news portal The Guardian reports on Monday, November 4, that YouGov pollster’s poll of 12,500 people in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia, published by George Soros’s Open Societies Foundations, found that majorities between 51% and 61% in six countries – including Germany – feel democracy is under threat.

Three-quarters of those polled in Bulgaria, over half in Hungary and Romania, a third in Poland and a fifth of Germans also thought their country’s elections were neither free nor fair, while across all seven countries surveyed, moreover less than a quarter of respondents over 40 thought the world was safer than in 1989.

Meanwhile, many respondents expressed the belief that they can influence politics and improve society, with younger people – especially women – engaging in civic activity and optimistic about achieving positive change, The Guardian reports.


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