US No Longer A ‘Full Democracy’ Due To Sinking Public Confidence: Report

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — America has been downgraded from a “full democracy” to a “flawed democracy”, according to a new report.

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) released its annual Democracy Index, grading each country’s democracy. The U.S. perennially received the “full democracy” delineation, the highest grade – that is until now.

The EIU grades through five categories: electoral process and pluralism, civil liberties, the functioning of government, political participation and political culture. The four conclusions the EIU doles out is full democracy, flawed democracy, hybrid regime and authoritarian regime.

To be given “full democracy” status, the countries must score 8 points. Last year, the U.S. barely scraped by with 8.05 but fell under the threshold this year with 7.98...


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