Democracy in Theory and Practice: How UK attitudes compare internationally
6 April 2023
Few people in the UK think politics is working for them, with the country ranking firmly among the bottom half of an international league table for satisfaction with the political system – but this has not dented Britons’ support for democracy, which has risen over the last two decades, according to new data. The research, by the Policy Institute at King’s College London, also finds support for the idea that experts, rather than government, should make political decisions is at a record high, and is greater than in any other western nation included in the study. Meanwhile, the share of Britons identifying on the centre-left politically is at its highest in four decades.