Satisfaction with Democracy: A Review of a Major Public Opinion Indicator
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Singh, Shane P.
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CitationSingh, Shane P. and Quinton Mayne. 2023. Satisfaction with Democracy: A Review of a Major Public Opinion Indicator. Public Opinion Quarterly, pre-print.
AbstractSatisfaction with democracy (SWD) is one of the most commonly studied topics in the fields of political behavior and public opinion. Gauged with a survey question that asks respondents whether they are satisfied with the way democracy works, SWD has featured as an independent or dependent variable in more than 400 publications. In this Synthesis, we review the evolution and findings of this nearly 50 year-old body of literature, identifying gaps and disagreements. We pay particular attention to issues of measurement and conceptualization, research methodology, and real-world importance. We conclude by highlighting critical areas of future research, including continued investigation into the measurement of SWD and what the question captures, more qualitative and (quasi-)experimental work, more focus on emotions and extreme (dis)satisfaction, and greater geographic coverage.
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