Democracy satisfaction levels in Germany in 2018

This statistic shows the results of a survey conducted in Germany on the spread of populism* in regards to satisfaction with how democracy was working in the country in 2018. That year, based on the definition of populism in the survey, 63 percent of respondents with populist leanings did not agree with the statement "I'm very satisfied with the functioning of democracy in Germany."

Do you agree or disagree with the statement "I'm very satisfied with the functioning of democracy in Germany"?

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Release date

October 2018



Survey time period

May and June 2018

Number of respondents


Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

Eligible to vote

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

* In this study populism is defined as a certain understanding of politics and democracy, its norms, institutions and processes. A distinguishing feature is the idea of the “true people” on one side and the “corrupt elite” on the other. Additionally, views which are anti-establishment, anti-pluralism and pro sovereignty of the people. According to the authors of the study, all three views are supposed to be represented simultaneously to qualify as populist views. Further definitions are available in the Stern issue.

** 2,322 voters and 1,105 non-voters.

This question was asked during the survey in the following wording: “Following are some statements about politics and society. Please state for every statement in how far you agree with it: I'm very satisfied with the functioning of democracy in Germany.

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