Survey: Over Half Of Europeans Want To Replace MPs With Artificial Intelligence

According to a poll conducted by the Centre for the Study of Governance Reform at the University of Madrid, 51% of Europeans are not opposed to replacing at least some of their local MPs with artificial intelligence (AI) systems or robots.

Researchers of the Centre for the Study of Governance Reforms at Madrid IE University surveyed 2,769 people in nine European countries, as well as in the US and China. Respondents were asked whether they wanted to reduce the number of MPs in their parliaments and whether the vacated seats could be replaced by artificial intelligence systems.

Unlike Spain, Italy and Estonia, which showed the highest percentage of those who want to replace MPs with artificial intelligence (66%, 59% and 56% respectively), countries such as the UK, the Netherlands and Germany are not as popular with 69%, 56% and 54% respectively of respondents against the idea.

There is also a marked difference of opinion by age group: 60% of the Europeans aged 25-34 and 56% of those aged 34-44 supported the idea, while most Europeans aged over 55 were against it.

When IE University conducted such a study in 2019, only 25% of Europeans surveyed were in favour of using AI in political decision-making. Lead author of the study and director of the centre explained in an interview with CNBC that he attributed the reasons for these results to growing political polarisation and information noise from politicians, which generally decreases trust in them.

When asked « Does your country’s political system need to be reformed? » 47% of French respondents said it needed major changes and another 23% said it needed a complete reform. 25% of the French said small changes were needed, while 6% saw no need for changes at all. In the US 65% of respondents believe that their political system needs either major changes or complete reform. In the UK, 47% of the respondents are of the same opinion, and 38% of those who want minor changes. In Germany the majority, 49%, want minor changes, 35% want major changes and 4% want full reform. When asked « Do you think most politicians are corrupt? » 67% of Americans, 46% of the French, 45% of the British and 29% of the Germans replied in the affirmative.

« There is an increasingly popular perception that politicians are getting worse, with many people knowing the specific MPs elected in their constituencies and knowing who they are and what they do as an MP, » explained Mr. Johnson.

source: cnbc.com

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