|Are high abstention levels a serious problem for democracies?
Voter apathy is the bigger problem. Abstention by those who aren't really familiar with the issues of the day isn't as big a problem in my view - in fact, I'd love if some kind of basic threshold for education in civics, basic economics, etc was required to vote, but there's absolutely no viable way to do that. My biggest worry is some political showman convincing people who don't know any better to come out in droves and vote against their own best interests.
Yes especially ampongst the young who are quite disaffected. They probably feel alienanted by all the major political parties because of anti-social behaviour
Not really, no. People uninvolved and uninformed enough not to care to participate in the minimum of society's decisions deserve what they get.
abstention? Who DAT?
You have the right to vote, until you do I don't think you have the right to complain.
Its a double edged sword. Its beautiful for people to use their rights and vote, however, when P. Diddy, being a certain race, or MTV tell you how to vote, theres a problem.
When abstention is prevalent within a democracy, the people's freedom and liberties are at risk. Voter apathy results in the public's disengagement on the issues.
In my opinion this is the worst problem. If all people were involved in the political process then the democracy would truely be working for the people not for corporations.
Absolutly. Any abstention above 20% should make any election invalide, and that is from the possible participation rate, not registered if thats needed.
The most serious problem for democracies
Yes if its radical changes that candidates are proposing otherwise it simply indicates that the populace is satisfied with the way things are and doesn't desire change.
a problem, not a serious one
no - the fewer uninformed people who stay away from the polls the better.
Yes, if people aren't voting we should understand why they aren't voting and address it
Yes. it is posing a serious threat to democracy. If a mandate does not receive the support of majority, a smooth democracy can never function
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