The Atlantic Divide
From the March/April 2008 Issue
Americans and Europeans on religion, happiness, government, and war.
When he visited the United States in the 1830s, Alexis de Tocqueville called the new nation ‘exceptional,’ by which he meant qualitatively different. Some of the differences he identified appear in polls today. Americans are more religious, more satisfied with their personal lives and their jobs, more wary of government, and more comfortable with the use of military force than are Europeans.
Source: Harris Interactive/Financial Times, November-December 2006; Pew Global Attitudes, 2002.
Source: (U.S.) Harris Interactive, 2005; (European countries), Eurobarometer 62, 2004.
Source: International Social Survey Project, 2005; Harris Interactive/Financial Times, 2007.
Source: Pew Global Attitudes, 2002.
Source: Transatlantic Trends, 2007.
Image credit: illustrations by Otto Steininger.