International poll asks question about “global parliament”

10. October 2007

As part of an international opinion poll about democracy interviewees were asked how likely they would “support a global parliament, where votes are based on country population sizes, and the global parliament is able to make binding policies”. The survey revealed that the idea finds favor with the majority of respondents in eight of the 15 covered countries. In three countries - India, Dubai and South Africa – a majority was found to support the notion “very likely”, without reservations. In the other five favorable countries the majority of those approving the idea do so “quite likely”, with reservations. The biggest lead of approval was noted in India, Dubai and Germany. Overall an average of 37.5 percent were rather favorable, while 34 percent rather opposed. The question was included in the poll “Why democracy” conducted by Synovate on behalf of BBC. The results were published in August 2007.