01/05/2006 - As concerns grow over the state of Russia’s democracy, recent polling by the Pew Global Attitudes Project finds an erosion of support for democracy among the Russian people. Unlike the early 1990s, when public cries for freedom were leading to the collapse of the Soviet Union, a majority of Russians now believe that their country would be better served by a strong leader rather than a democratic government.
The 2005 survey by the Pew Global Attitudes Project found that Russians would choose a strong economy over a good democracy by a margin of nearly six-to-one. The decline in enthusiasm for Russian democracy has been particularly steep among men and among those who were young when the Soviet Union collapsed.
The erosion of support for Russian democracy is particularly striking when contrasted with the Muslim countries included in our survey, all of which have higher levels of support for democracy than Russia.
Read the full report Russia's Weakened Democratic Embrace on the Pew Global Attitudes Project Web site.