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Gallup Poll Finds Americans Less Satisfied With Freedom

From Gallup:

Americans Less Satisfied With Freedom

Perceived widespread corruption in U.S. government on the rise

By Jon Clifton | July 1, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fewer Americans are satisfied with the freedom to choose what they do with their lives compared with seven years ago — dropping 12 percentage points from 91% in 2006 to 79% in 2013. In that same period, the percentage of Americans dissatisfied with the freedom to choose what they do with their lives more than doubled, from 9% to 21%.

Gallup asks people in more than 120 countries each year whether they are satisfied or dissatisfied with the freedom to choose what they do with their lives. In 2006, the U.S. ranked among the highest in the world for people reporting satisfaction with their level of freedom. After seven years and a 12-point decline, the U.S. no longer makes the top quartile worldwide.

COUNTRIES WITH HIGHEST LEVELS OF SATISFACTION WITH FREEDOM

New Zealand 94%
Australia        93%
Cambodia      93%
Sweden          93%
United Arab
Emirates         92%
Austria           92%
Netherlands    92%
Uzbekistan     92%
Canada           91%
Finland          91%
Denmark        91%

United States 79%

We’re behind Uzbekistan? Cambodia? The United Arab Emirates?

The decline in perceived freedom among Americans could be attributed to the U.S. economy. Many Americans continue to lack confidence in the economy and see it as one of the biggest problems facing the country…

Ya think?

Another possible explanation for the decline in freedom is how Americans feel about their government. Gallup asks an additional question worldwide about whether people believe corruption is widespread throughout their government… Among Americans, perceptions of widespread corruption in their government have been generally increasing over the past seven years.

Not the last five years, mind you. The last seven.

Perceived widespread corruption in the U.S. government could be on the rise for several reasons, including the significant media attention on issues such as the IRS targeting of conservative groups and National Security Agency leaks. Americans not only feel that the U.S. government is performing poorly, as demonstrated by record-low congressional approval ratings, but they also report that the U.S. government itself as one of the biggest problem facing the country today…

Then why do they keep voting for more of it?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, July 1st, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Gallup Poll Finds Americans Less Satisfied With Freedom”

  1. canary

    Even Gallop knows those teen immigrants from Central America are legally considered adults in their own country.

    Gallop: “Results are based on face-to-face interviews with approximately 1,000 adults in each country, aged 15 and older,..”

  2. Perceived widespread corruption in the U.S. government could be on the rise for several reasons, including the significant media attention on issues…

    I know I know I know Oh Oh Oh !!! Perceived corruption could be on the rise because CORRUPTION IS ON THE RISE!!! duh…

  3. Enthalpy

    Imposition of regulations at every level of our lives is not perception. Unless we push back, we’ve only begun to see the exponential growth of freedom sapping regulation in our lives.




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