ABOUT THAT FREEDOM
Land of the free? Not necessarily. A massive new Gallup poll has confirmed what tea partyers have warned about in recent years. The sense of freedom appears to be diminished in America, and the nation ranks well down on a list of countries based on how residents report how “satisfied” they are with the amount of freedom they enjoy. The U.S. ranks 36th on the roster — behind such countries as Uzbekistan, the United Arab Emirates and Canada.
“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,” the research stated.
New Zealand was at the top of the list, with 94 percent of its residents