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Americans lost sense of freedom under Obama: Gallup poll

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A new poll released by Gallup on Tuesday clearly states that fewer Americans are satisfied with the freedom to choose what they do with their lives compared to seven years ago – the duration of the Barack Obama presidency. Quite incredibly, comparing the freedoms people felt in 2006 to the freedoms people feel in 2013 has dropped 12 percentage points. These are the results of the poll as reported by CBS News on Tuesday.

In 2006, 91 percent of Americans were satisfied with the freedom they had to do as they desire with their lives. Now, only 79 percent of Americans are satisfied with the freedom they have to do as they desire with their lives. In that same time frame, from 2006 to 2013, the percentage of Americans dissatisfied with the freedom to choose what they do with their lives more than doubled. Only 9 percent of Americans were dissatisfied with their freedom to choose what they could do with their lives in 2006. By 2013, 21 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with their freedom to choose what they can do with their lives.

Specifically, the survey asked survey-participants: In this country, are you satisfied or dissatisfied with your freedom to choose what you do with your life? Based on this question, America ranked near the top of the list of countries polled by Gallup in 2006. Now, seven years later, the United States has dropped out of the top quartile of the list to number 36. Gallup released the list of the countries that scored with 91 percent or higher in 2013 regarding a citizenry feeling freedoms in their homeland.

The Top Countries where Freedom is Realized by its People (Country, percent of persons who sense they are a free people)

  1. New Zealand 94%
  2. Australia 93%
  3. Cambodia 93%
  4. Sweden 93%
  5. United Arab Emirates 92%
  6. Austria 92%
  7. Netherland 92%
  8. Uzbekistan 92%
  9. Canada 91%
  10. Iceland 91%
  11. Finland 91%
  12. Denmark 91%

36 United States 79%

There are other countries which have felt the decline in satisfaction with their freedom in 2013, according to the global Gallup poll. Egypt felt the hugest decline by polling a 34 percent decline. Others that declined in the survey as much or more than the United States are Greece, Italy, Venezuela, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Romania, Yemen, Pakistan, and Spain. Comparatively, all other countries have citizens who are more satisfied with their amount of freedom than the United States and these countries at this time.

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