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Bring back the 1970s! Britons were happier with democracy 50 years ago than they are now 

Bring back the 1970s! Britons were happier with democracy 50 years ago than they are now

  • Last year more people dissatisfied with democracy than they’ve been in 40 years
  • 60 per cent said they felt this way – compared to just over 57 per cent in 1975
  • Research based on 3,500 questionnaires taking in four million people worldwide

The 1970s was a time of general strikes and power cuts – but people were happier with the system of government then than they are now, a study claims.

Last year, more people in the UK were dissatisfied with democracy than they have been in 40 years, with around 60 per cent saying they felt this way – compared to just over 57 per cent in 1975.

Dissatisfaction rates were lowest in 1997 – the early years of Cool Britannia and the Good Friday Agreement which ended the Irish Troubles – when it was about 34 per cent and in 2005, when it was less than a third of people.

The 1970s was a time of general strikes and power cuts – but people were happier with the system of government then than they are now

But there were spikes in dissatisfaction with the Parliamentary expenses scandal and the Iraq war, and in 2019, for the first time since the mid-70s, a majority of people were unhappy with democracy.

The research was based on more than 3,500 questionnaires, taking in four million people worldwide.

Last year, more people in the UK were dissatisfied with democracy than they have been in 40 years

Last year, more people in the UK were dissatisfied with democracy than they have been in 40 years

Researcher Dr. Roberto Foa, from Cambridge University, said: ‘We were surprised by these findings as the 1970s are famous for political chaos and uncertainty, with strikes and back-to-back elections.

‘That seemed like a low point – until now, when we have seen a new record for people dissatisfied with democracy.

‘This will be driven by the split caused by Brexit, gridlock in government and this feeling that everyone was unhappy and no one could get what they wanted.’

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