American score comes in Economist’s annual democracy index

According to an annual ranking published on Wednesday, the overall state of democracy in the US declined last year The Economist’s Intelligence Unit, which cited the continued erosion of trust in the country’s institutions.

The US retained its rank as the 25th most democratic nation, analyzed out of 167 countries, but remained in the “flawed democracy” category after being removed from the “full democracy” group in 2016. The report states.

According to The Economist, Norway was the highest ranked democracy.

Report measures Five main categories – electoral process and pluralism; civil Liberties; Functioning of government; political participation; And political culture – and gives points to each one.

Last year, the overall US score of 7.92 was down from 7.96. Norway’s score was 9.81 in 2020.

“America’s overall performance has been held back by several weaknesses, including a very low level of confidence in institutions and political parties; Deep laxity in the functioning of government; Increasing threats to freedom of expression; And a degree of social polarization that creates consensus on any issue, which is almost impossible to achieve.

The report cites prior efforts President TrumpDonald Trumpagoria’s Secretary of State begins investigating allegations of illegal voting on Lynn Wood. Schiff Lobbying Newsom has been appointed California AG: Report contained with respect to Capitol Police Officer Brian Siknik Rotunda More And his colleagues to challenge the 2020 election results in several states with unfounded claims of widespread voter fraud.

According to the report, those efforts follow growing trends in other countries, “to challenge the outcome of elections and referendums, and try to discredit the result by accusing them of external interference and crediting conspiracy theories Huh.”

The US improved its score for political participation, however, as the coronovirus epidemic, movements for racial justice and other major events promoted a high level of participation in the 2020 elections.

Beyond the US findings, the report recorded the lowest average global democracy score since the index was first published in 2006. Economists largely attributed the decline to “government-imposed restrictions on personal liberty and civil liberties, which occurred worldwide in response. The coronavirus epidemic.”

“Around the world in 2020, citizens experienced the greatest rollback of personal freedoms undertaken by governments during the Mayan period,” the report states. “Most people concluded a new, fatal disease based on evidence that preventing a catastrophic loss of life justifies a temporary loss of freedom.”

As of Wednesday, COVID-19 has infected more than 104 million people globally, according to which approximately 2.2 million people have died as a result of the virus, Data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.