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Election and Democracy
United States
Voter turnout in the national election65.4% (June 2019 or latest)
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Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, always to vote in elections5.96 (2014)
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% of those who think that the last national election was honest regarding the counting and reporting of the votes67.8% (2014)
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% of those who think that the last national election was fair regarding the opportunities of the candidates and parties to campaign71.1% (2014)
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% of those who think that referendums are a good way to decide important political questions53.3% (2014)
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% of those who are proud of their country in the way democracy works80.2% (2013)
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% of those who think that giving people more say is the most important aim of the country out of maintaining national order/ giving people more say/ fighting rising prices/ protecting freedom of speech36.9% (2010)
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% of those who think that protecting freedom of speech is the most important aim of the country out of maintaining national order/ giving people more say/ fighting rising prices/ protecting freedom of speech15.6% (2010)
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Extent to which people think democracy works well in their country today5.86 (2014)
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Extent to which people think democracy worked well in their country 10 years ago6.25 (2014)
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Extent to which people think democracy will work well in their country 10 years from now5.39 (2014)
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Extent to which people think it important that all citizens have an adequate standard of living6.15 (2014)
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Extent to which people think it important that government authorities respect and protect the rights of minorities6.11 (2014)
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Extent to which people think it important that people be given more opportunities to participate in public decision-making6.08 (2014)
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Extent to which people think it important that citizens may engage in acts of civil disobedience when they oppose government actions4.25 (2014)
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Extent to which people think it important that governments respect democratic rights whatever the circumstances5.95 (2014)
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Extent to which people think it important that people convicted of serious crimes lose their citizen rights5.02 (2014)
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Extent to which people think it important that long-term residents of a country, who are not citizens, have the right to vote in that countryfs national elections3.10 (2014)
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Extent to which people think it important that citizens have the right not to vote5.65 (2014)
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Extent to which people think it important that health care be provided for everyone5.74 (2014)
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Politician
United States
Number of total seats in the Parliament535 (2017)
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Number of total seats in the Parliament per 1 million population1.66 (2017)
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Number of seats in the House of Representatives435 (2017)
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Number of seats in the House of Representatives per 1 million population1.35 (2017)
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% of seats held by women in national parliaments19.4% (2017)
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% of those who trust politicians21.0% (2014)
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% of those who think that most politicians are in politics only for what they can get out of it personally52.2% (2010)
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% of those who think that many politicians are involved in corruption42.6% (2016)
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% of those who think that most politicians are in politics only for their own interest58.5% (2014)
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Political party and organization
United States
% of those who think that political parties encourage people to become active in politics50.7% (2014)
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% of those who think that political parties do not give voters real policy choices50.4% (2014)
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% of those who belong to a political party35.6% (2014)
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% of those who think that people who vote for the party/the parties in government have the most influence on the actions of the government16.6% (2016)
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Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, to be active in social or political associations4.65 (2014)
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Parliament
United States
% of those who have confidence in parliament58.9% (2008)
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% of those who think that MPs try to keep the promises they have made during the election20.7% (2016)
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% of those who think that the parliament considers your action if you take action against an unjust or harmful law23.8% (2014)
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Political awareness
United States
% of those interested in politics (5 choices)69.6% (2016)
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% of those interested in politics (4 choices)57.4% (2014)
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% of those who think that their political position is left10.8% (2014)
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% of those who think that their political position is center58.8% (2014)
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% of those who think that their political position is right16.2% (2014)
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Average of political position5.25 (2014)
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% of those who often or sometimes discuss political matters with friends, relatives or fellow workers41.4% (2014)
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% of those who use the media to obtain political news or information every day57.1% (2014)
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% of those who never use the media to obtain political news or information8.9% (2014)
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% of those who have expressed political views on the internet22.2% (2014)
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% of those who often or sometimes try to persuade your friends, relatives or fellow workers to share their political opinion33.1% (2014)
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% of those who think that they understand political issues of the country62.0% (2016)
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% of those who think that others are better informed about politics and government30.4% (2014)
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% of those who think that ordinary citizens have no political voice48.5% (2016)
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% of those who do not think that the government cares much what people like them think58.3% (2014)
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Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, to keep watch on the actions of government6.19 (2014)
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Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, to try to understand the reasoning of people with other opinions5.81 (2014)
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Political action
United States
% of those who would take action when the parliament considers an unjust or harmful law52.0% (2014)
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% of those who have attempted to contact a politician or a civil servant to express their views37.0% (2014)
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% of those who have donated money or raised funds for a social or political activity44.5% (2014)
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% of those who have signed a petition66.8% (2014)
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Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, to choose products for political, ethical or environmental reasons, even if they cost a bit more4.96 (2014)
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% of those who have attended a political meeting29.7% (2014)
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% of those who think that it should be allowed to organise public meetings to protest against the government81.7% (2016)
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% of those who have attended demonstrations21.8% (2014)
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% of those who think that it should be allowed to organise protest marches and demonstrations82.0% (2016)
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% of those who think that people who want to overthrow the government by revolution should be allowed to hold public meetings76.6% (2016)
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% of those who think that people who want to overthrow the government by force should be allowed to hold public meetings35.7% (2014)
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% of those who think that people who want to overthrow the government by revolution should be allowed to publish books expressing their views83.5% (2016)
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Government
United States
% of respondents reporting high levels of trust in national government 41.8% (2010)
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Public officials
United States
% of central government employees aged 55 years or older27.8% (2015)
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% of those who trust in civil servants21.4% (2016)
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% of those who think that the public service is committed to serve the people63.3% (2014)
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% of those who think that few public officials are involved in corruption23.7% (2014)
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% of those who think that many public officials are involved in corruption34.7% (2016)
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% of those who say that they or their family have never come across a public official who hinted/ wanted a bribe in the last five years85.5% (2016)
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Public finance
United States
General government expenditure, % of GDP37.7% (2015)
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General government revenue, % of GDP33.5% (2015)
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General government fiscal balance, % of GDP-4.2% (2015)
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General government gross debt, % of GDP105.6% (2015)
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General government financial net worth (% of GDP)-80.5% (2015)
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% of those who are in favour of cuts in government spending64.3% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Defence, as % of total budget8.38% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Public order and safety, as % of total budget5.28% (2016)
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General government expenditures for economic affairs, as % of total budget8.79% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Environment protection, as % of total budget0.00% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Housing and community amenities, as % of total budget1.36% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Health, as % of total budget24.36% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Recreation, culture and religion, as % of total budget0.72% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Education, as % of total budget15.97% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Social protection, as % of total budget20.31% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Defence, as % of GDP3.20% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Public order and safety, as % of GDP2.02% (2016)
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General government expenditures for economic affairs, as % of GDP3.36% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Environment protection, as % of GDP0.00% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Housing and community amenities, as % of GDP0.52% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Health, as % of GDP9.31% (2016)
[1/32countries]
General government expenditures for Recreation, culture and religion, as % of GDP0.27% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Education, as % of GDP6.10% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Social protection, as % of GDP7.76% (2016)
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Tax
United States
Corporate income tax rate (central + sub-central)25.84% (2018)
[14/36countries]
Ease of paying taxes (world rank)36 (2016)
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Profit tax (% of proft)27.6% (2010)
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Labor tax and contributions (% of proft)10.0% (2010)
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Total tax rate (% of proft)46.8% (2010)
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% of those who think that taxes are too high for those with high incomes23.5% (2016)
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% of those who think that taxes are too low for those with high incomes52.0% (2016)
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% of those who think that people with high incomes should pay a larger % of their income in taxes than those with low incomes63.3% (2009)
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Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, never to try to evade taxes6.49 (2014)
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% of those who think that the tax authorities always/ often make sure people pay their taxes76.5% (2016)
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% of those who think that the tax authorities always/ often treat everyone in accordance with the law, regardless of their contacts or position in society49.2% (2016)
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Social security
United States
Public social expenditure (% of GDP)18.8% (2013)
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% of those who are proud of their country in its social security system52.4% (2013)
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% of those who would like to see more government spending in old age pensions61.7% (2016)
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% of those who agree that the government is responsible for providing a decent standard of living for the old88.3% (2016)
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% of those who think that the government should primarily provide care for older people50.8% (2016)
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% of those who think that private companies should primarily provide care for older people10.9% (2016)
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% of those who think that family, relatives or friends should primarily provide care for older people26.6% (2016)
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% of those who think "government agencies should primarily provide help in everyday life for elderly people16.5% (2012)
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% of those who think that the government/public funds should primarily cover the costs of the help to elderly people45.9% (2012)
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% of those who think that 1-6 months of paid parental leave is necessary 62.4% (2012)
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% of those who think that 7-12 months of paid parental leave is necessary 13.1% (2012)
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% of those who think that 13-36 months of paid parental leave is necessary 2.3% (2012)
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% of those who think that the government should pay for parental leave7.1% (2012)
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% of those who think that the employer should pay for parental leave37.0% (2012)
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% of those who think that both the government and the employer should pay for parental leave50.4% (2012)
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% of those who think the employers should primarily cover the costs of childcare for children under school age6.7% (2012)
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% of those who think the family itself should primarily cover the costs of childcare for children under school age77.9% (2012)
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% of those who think the government/public funds should primarily cover the costs of childcare for children under school age15.4% (2012)
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% of those who think government agencies should primarily provide childcare for children under school age7.8% (2012)
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% of those who think that poverty is the most important issue for their country2.7% (2010)
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% of those who think that the government should spend less on benefits for the poor18.0% (2009)
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% of those who agree that the government is responsible for providing decent housing for those who can't afford it76.5% (2016)
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Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, to help people in the country who are worse off than themselves5.89 (2014)
[5/26countries]
Law and Justice
United States
% of those who think that it is worse to convict an innocent person than to let a guilty person go free78.1% (2016)
[9/25countries]
% of those who follow conscience rather than law on occasions (2 choices)58.3% (2016)
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Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, always to obey laws and regulations6.43 (2014)
[3/26countries]
% of respondents reporting high levels of trust in judicial system and courts56.9% (2010)
[16/34countries]
% of those who have confidence in the justice system (5 choices)76.7% (2008)
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