In the States: yes. It seems who ever has the most money wins because they control the media. Seems American's never learn.
Give your reasons.
much better to what? just appoint somebody?
Voting is central to democracy. Most folks prefer democracy to totalitarianism, especially if they've experienced the latter.
I understand why you feel that way. Democracy isn't perfect and some democracies are more imperfect than others. But I would ask you to consider the alternatives.