Have you seen this horrifying graphic?
It’s from a New York Times story, “How Stable Are Democracies? ‘Warning Signs Are Flashing Red.’” The graphic suggests that people were asked whether it was “essential” to live in a democracy and, in response, more than half of people born after the 1960s said it was not. Worse, the graphic suggests nearly 70% of people born after 1980 said it was not “essential” to live in a democracy.
If that were true, it would be quite alarming.
Here’s the good news: it’s not true. No one was even asked if it was “essential to live in a democracy.”
Here’s even more good news: that same study actually showed,
- 98.9% of Americans under 30 believe it is “important” to live in a democracy.
- Americans under 30 are three times less likely than Americans over 50 to say that free elections are not “essential.”
- Americans under 30 are half as likely than Americans over 50 to say that civil rights protecting people from state oppression are not “essential.”
- Americans under 30 are far less likely to say it is “essential” that people “obey their rulers.”
There are lies, damned lies, and statistics. Let’s see how this all went wrong.
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