Tuesday, June 27, 2006


I went on the National Opinion Research Center's website but couldn't find a link to their poll results. I would like to see what countries round out the top ten.

However, it says a lot for the United States. Despite all the national media's navel gazing, the drumbeat of criticism around the world, the shocking events of 9/11, two wars, a very racially and lingustically diverse society, ours is not only a resilient but proud nation.

Pessimists be damned, this is the best news I've received in quite some time.


America tops in national pride, survey finds
U.S. leads 34 countries in confidence in democracy, military, economy

CHICAGO - U-S-A! U-S-A! When it comes to national pride, Americans are No. 1, according to a survey of 34 countries' patriotism.

Venezuela came in a close second in the survey, released Tuesday by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago.

People rated how proud they were of their countries in 10 areas: political influence, social security, the way their democracy works, economic success, science and technology, sports, arts and literature, military, history, and fair treatment of all groups in society.
Strange bedfellows
The U.S. ranked highest overall and in five categories: pride in its democracy, political influence, economy, science and military. Venezuela ranked highest in four categories: sports, arts and literature, history, and fair treatment of all groups in society.


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