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Study: Under Obama, Americans Feel Less 'Free' Than the French

Study: Under Obama, Americans Feel Less 'Free' Than the French
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By    |   Wednesday, 19 November 2014 09:44 AM

Americans believe they are less free now than they were when President Barack Obama took office, according to a new study, and their rating of personal freedom ranks below citizens of 20 other countries.

According to research by the Legatum Institute in London, which looked at prosperity in every nation in the world, citizens in countries including France, Uruguay, and Costa Rica now rate their personal freedom higher than Americans, the Washington Examiner reported.

Specifically, since 2009, there has been a 17 percent decline in the score given by Americans to personal freedom, dropping the country's ranking on the notion to 21st place from ninth place.

The U.S. also recorded a 22 percent drop in the combined civil liberty and free choice element of the index.

"This is not a good report for Obama," Legatum Institute spokeswoman Cristina Odone told the Examiner.

The organization's Prosperity Index aims to measure a range of subjective prosperity indicators that gross domestic product measurements do not include, such as entrepreneurship, opportunity, education and social capital.

The freedom scores were derived from 2013 polling data that surveyed citizens' satisfaction with their nation's handling of civil liberties, freedom of choice, tolerance of ethnic minorities, and tolerance of immigrants.

The study is also distinct from others in that it measures people's perceptions — instead of tracking government policies — to arrive at freedom scores.

Definitions of personal freedom, however, vary between countries, making it difficult to quantify direct comparisons.

"Americans felt less free in 2013 after four more years of Obama's presidency. And so now he faces the embarrassment of being the president that made Americans feel less free than the French," the Examiner said.

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