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Tuesday, June 27, 2006


NATIONAL PRIDE: USA TOPS PATRIOTISM POLL 



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.


MSNBC:

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.
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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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