The 2022 Democracy Perception Index found that people living in free democracies were much less satisfied with their country’s Covid-19 response, with the lead researcher saying satisfaction levels mirrored Covid-19 death rates. Photo: AFP
The 2022 Democracy Perception Index found that people living in free democracies were much less satisfied with their country’s Covid-19 response, with the lead researcher saying satisfaction levels mirrored Covid-19 death rates. Photo: AFP

Coronavirus: which works better to handle a pandemic – democracy or autocracy?

  • Global Democracy Perception Index found average satisfaction in Asian nations of governments’ Covid-19 handling was much higher than in Europe and Latin America
  • Propaganda, censorship and lack of freedom are common issues in autocracies and were heightened during the pandemic

The 2022 Democracy Perception Index found that people living in free democracies were much less satisfied with their country’s Covid-19 response, with the lead researcher saying satisfaction levels mirrored Covid-19 death rates. Photo: AFP
The 2022 Democracy Perception Index found that people living in free democracies were much less satisfied with their country’s Covid-19 response, with the lead researcher saying satisfaction levels mirrored Covid-19 death rates. Photo: AFP
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