ABOUT THAT FREE­DOM

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

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

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