REPORT: The US Was Just Demoted From “Full Democracy” To “Flawed Democracy”
For the first time ever, the U.S. is no longer ranked as a “full democracy.” You read that right. The United States has officially been demoted from a full democracy to a flawed democracy for the first time, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
slipped in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s rankings of global democracy now places the U.S. at the same level as countries like India, Singapore, and Italy, CNBC reported on Wednesday.
According to the report, The EIU is the research and analysis branch of the Economist, which releases a democracy index every year that evaluates countries on such metrics as civil liberties and political participation. High scorers earn the rating of “full democracy,” while the lowest are labeled “authoritarian regimes.”
The U.S. score fell below the 8-point “full Democracy” threshold for the first time in history, landing instead in “flawed Democracy” territory. But this revelation comes as the newly inaugurated President Donald Trump takes office. But the report notes that the U.S. has been slipping in the rankings for some time.
The Economist report revealed that the score is due in part to sinking public confidence in government, restrictions on civil liberties and low voter turnout.
The U.S. isn’t alone in its decline. According to CNBC, the EIU said that “almost half of the 167 countries covered by its index registered a decline in overall scores between 2006 and 2016.”