Arab Barometer I - Algeria

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Algerians differed greatly in their views of the most basic characteristic of “democracy”.
Approximately half of the respondents stated that the most important characteristic was economic in
nature. Overall, the plurality (29.8%) of respondents stated that the most important characteristic is a
small income gap between rich and poor while 20.9% of respondents said it was the provision of basic
necessities including food and shelter for all citizens. The other half of respondents stated that the most
important characteristic was political, with 27.6% of respondents stating it is the opportunity to change
government through elections and 21.6% of respondents stating it is the ability to criticize the
government or the right to free speech. Less than 1% of respondents provided a different answer for
the most important characteristic of democracy.

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