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Top Countries Where Citizens Feel Frustration About Politicians, 2020

All over the world, many citizens believe that politicians do not listen to them. Pew Research Center surveyed people from 34 different countries finding that a median of 64% disagree with the statement most elected officials care what people like me think. The findings of the survey published in February 2020.

In the United States, 71% believe elected officials don’t care about average citizens. While the race for the White House has begun and odds show who will win the 2020 presidential election, Americans at this survey put a crucial point making clear what they really believe about politicians. There is essentially no partisan divide. Among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, 72% say elected officials don’t care, and 69% of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents agree.

Although the US has a significantly high percentage, frustration with political elites is even higher in many European nations. Greece holds the highest percentage on this survey (84%). The perception that politicians are out of touch is also particularly widespread in Ukraine, Tunisia, Bulgaria, and France.

In Ukraine, 80% believe elected officials don’t care about average citizens (second in the list). Tunisia, Bulgaria, and France follow closely at the third, fourth and fifth places of the list.

Citizens in Spain also feel frustration about politicians. In Spain, 76% believe elected officials don’ t care about average citizens (6th place in the list). Argentina is next one (75%) while Czech Republic (73%), Japan (73%) and US (71%) complete the top 10.

When asked whether they agree with the statement the state is run for the benefit of all the people, the American public is closely divided on this issue, with 46% believing the state is run for the benefit of all, while 52% disagree with this view. Disagreement is much more common among Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents (59%) than Republicans and Republican-leaning independents (41%).

Do elected officials care about average citizens?

Percentage believes elected officials don’t care about ordinary citizens.
RankCountryElected officials care about citizens (disagree)Head of government
1Greece84%Kyriakos Mitsotakis
Denys Shmygal
Elyes Fakhfakh
4Bulgaria 78%
Boyko Borisov
Emmanuel Macron
Pedro Sanchez
Alberto Fernandez
8Czech Republic73%Andrej Babis
8Japan73%Shinzo Abe
10United States71%Donald John Trump
10Hungary71%Viktor Orban
12United Kingdom70%Boris Johnson
Giuseppe Conte
Jair Bolsonaro
Hassan Diab
Muhammadu Buhari
Saulius Skvernelis
Scott Morrison
Peter Pellegrini
Justin Trudeau
Angela Merkel
20South Korea62%
Moon Jae-in
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador
Benjamin Netanyahu
Vladimir Putin
Uhuru Kenyatta
Mateusz Morawiecki
Mark Rutte
29South Africa44%Cyril Ramaphosa
Stefan Lofven
Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Narendra Modi
Rodrigo Duterte
Joko Widodo

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