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40 Percent Believe Rule by Experts Works in Govt

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In September of this year, in New York City, a panel of leading experts led by Great-West Financial and Putnam Investments CEO Robert L. Reynolds (right) discussed support for new policy measures to make workplace savings plans accessible to more Americans. (Loren Wohl/AP)

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The Pew Research Center reports that 40 percent of Americans believe rule by experts is a good way to govern society. Pew defines rule by experts as a society in which "experts, not elected officials, make decisions according to what they think is best for the country." Fifty-eight percent disagree and believe it would be bad.[1]

Those figures include nine percent who believe such a system would be very good and 31 percent who believe it would be very bad.

Americans are much more enthusiastic about representative democracy. Eighty-six percent believe it’s a good system, while only 13 percent see it as bad.

Those figures include 48 percent who see it as very good and 5 percent who see it as very bad.

Sixty-seven percent see direct democracy as a good system. Thirty-one percent believe it would be bad.

Footnotes:

  1. Pew Research Center, "Globally, Broad Support for Representative and Direct Democracy," October 16, 2017

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