Sunburn – The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics.

By Peter Schorsch, Phil Ammann, Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster, Mitch Perry and Jim Rosica.

IS DEMOCRACY IN TROUBLE?

I read about late last night and had to share it with Sunburn readers.

This big-picture story from The New York Times’ Amanda Taub on the state of democracy globally — and in the United States — is troubling. Particularly this passage, where Taub writes:

Support for autocratic alternatives is rising, too. Drawing on data from the European and World Values Surveys, the researchers found that the share of Americans who say that army rule would be a ‘good’ or ‘very good’ thing had risen to 1-in-6 in 2014, compared with 1-in-16 in 1995.

That trend is particularly strong among young people. For instance, in a previously published paper, the researchers calculated that 43% of older Americans believed it was illegitimate for the military to take over if the government were incompetent or failing to do its job, but only 19% of millennials agreed. The same generational divide showed up in Europe, where 53% of older people thought a military takeover would be illegitimate, while only 36% of millennials agreed.”

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