19 April, 2021

People love sortition

A recent PEW Research Centre report details how almost everyone thinks the political system must change, including large majorities in the US and France who believe their political system needs dramatic change. Also included in the report are some alarming statistics on trust in government and whether politicians are perceived as corrupt.

What is even more interesting for us is a question the PEW research team asked about citizens' assemblies (see diagram to the left). Three-quarters or more thought it is important for governments to create citizen assemblies. This is extremely exciting and gives us hope that citizens' assemblies are now firmly established in the public's mind as a useful and legitimate way to make decisions. 

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