The most recent survey of political culture carried out by Dane revealed that 52.2% of Colombians expressed feeling dissatisfied with the exercise of democracy in Colombia in the last year, which meant a growth of 5.3 percentage points compared to 46.9% of people who declared themselves dissatisfied in 2019.
In that sense, the Dane assured that only 32.4% of citizens said they felt satisfied and 12.4% did not respond. “This shows the deterioration of citizenship of legal age in the face of the exercise of democracy, between 2019 and 2021,” said the director of that entity, Juan Daniel Oviedo.
The survey detailed that this situation is more common in Bogotá with a growth of 7.9 percentage points compared to 2019, followed by the Central Region (Antioquia, Eje Cafetero, Huila).
Oviedo added that one of the most important changes between 2019 and 2021 has to do with Congress and the attributes that have been associated with the justice sector.
“While in 2019 more than 70% of Colombians considered that the existence of Congress was important for a country to be democratic, in the last year the figure dropped to 58%,” he said.
The survey highlighted that 76.6% (that is, more than 3 quarters of Colombians) believes that it is important to live in a democratic country.
However, in the last two years there has been a drop in the high level of importance of living in a democratic country.
The most important drops in this appreciation occurred in the Central Region (Antioquia, Caquetá, Tolima and Huila) and in the Pacific Region in Chocó, Valle del Cauca and Nariño.
The analysis concluded that 55.6% of people consider that Colombia is a moderately democratic country in relation to the population residing in the municipal capitals and dispersed rural-populated centers, where these percentages are located at 55.8% and 54.7%, respectively.
Finally, in the populated and dispersed rural centers, the highest percentage of people who consider that Colombia is a democratic country was obtained with 30.3%.