U.S. Personal Freedom Ranking Slips Below France

From Washington Examiner

Americans’ assessments of their personal freedom have significantly declined under President Obama, according to a new study from the Legatum Institute in London, and the United States now ranks below 20 other countries on this measure.

The research shows that citizens of countries including France, Uruguay, and Costa Rica now feel that they enjoy more personal freedom than Americans.

As the Washington Examiner reported this morning, representatives of the Legatum Institute are in the U.S. this week to promote the sixth edition of their Prosperity Index. The index aims to measure aspects of prosperity that typical gross domestic product measurements don’t include, such as entrepreneurship and opportunity, education, and social capital.

The freedom scores are based on polling data from 2013 indicating citizens’ satisfaction with their nation’s handling of civil liberties, freedom of choice, tolerance of ethnic minorities, and tolerance of immigrants. Polling data were provided by Gallup World Poll Service. The index is notable for the way it measures how free people feel, unlike other freedom indices that measure freedom by comparing government policies.

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

In the 2010 report (which relied on data gathered in 2009), the U.S. was ranked ninth in personal freedom, but that ranking has since fallen to 21st, with several countries, including France, Germany and the United Kingdom passing the U.S.

The nation’s overall personal freedom score has declined by 17 percent since 2009, with a 22 percent drop in combined civil liberty and free choice contributing to that decline.

Of the eight categories in the index, personal freedom was America’s second lowest performance relative to other countries. The U.S. had its lowest ranking when it came to safety and security (a broad measure of how threatened citizens feel in instances such as walking late at night, or expressing their opinions) — ranking 31st out of 142 countries.

The cross-country comparisons in the index should be taken with a grain of salt. The perception of what freedom means in New Zealand, which has the highest personal freedom ranking, may vary from how Americans measure their own personal freedom. But regardless of how the U.S. compares to other countries, there is no denying that 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.


Sad…. a once great country brought down by the likes of an obamanation and his minions of evil.

I noticed that this index doesn’t have Russia on the list, even though I know for a fact that Russia is enjoying more personal freedoms than the USA is right now. They don’t have PC talk in Russia…. and they don’t get spied on or have their telephone conversations taped….. no list of no-no words for them!

Hopefully the American people will get a President in office that can actually turn things around and clean up the mess that was done!

~Blessed B~

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10 Responses to U.S. Personal Freedom Ranking Slips Below France

  1. Hardnox says:

    That’s a depressing list. America was founded on liberty. We have frittered it away. The Left has done it purposely in their pursuit of a perfect world which exists in their warped minds, and the Right through apathy or because of political correctness and the desire to be polite . Liberty lost is never regained as Jefferson famously quoted.

    I think Jefferson could be proven wrong. With the right leadership and the elimination of agencies, and a national push for education in Constitutional Rights, mot of our liberties could be restored. I know I’m dreaming but it could be done.

    • Blessed B. says:

      Sorry to depress you even more…..that wasn’t my intent at all. 🙁

      I agree with you….intent of the left and most likely apathy of the right, has created the perfect scenario for this. I also agree that with the right leadership, elimination of agencies that do not help America but are draining monies, and education that actually taught education instead of the drivel ( leftist indoctrination!) that has been taught for too many years now…..it could be done to get America back on track. It would take some years to see it.

      Never lose that dream….make it a goal!

  2. JenZ says:

    I do believe that personal freedoms have been eroded here, but I wouldn’t want to take a chance with homeschooling freedom in too many of those countries listed above the U.S.. I’m sure that Obama would love to take that freedom away, but for now we still have it and thus have a significant advantage in at least one category.

    • Blessed B. says:

      Once parents lose the right to home school their children…..then you would really be at the mercy of liberal indoctrination. They would have every child for eight hours a day to do their brainwashing! I could even see them having the children taken away eventually to be like hitler’s youth!

      Make sure you fight to keep the right to home school!!

  3. Clyde says:

    Well, B, you have swerved in to the meaning of the shitstain’s words : I’m going to fundamentally transform America”. We KNEW it was going to be SHIT, and we were RIGHT, sad to say. Good post.

    • Blessed B. says:

      Thanks Clyde. 🙂

      I shake my head often over that comment he made…..WTH did people actually think he meant by it? Jeesh….I understood it right off the bat! People must have been mesmerized by the color of his skin and his awesome white teeth to have missed it.

  4. Uriel says:

    Well that is interesting. Top 20 have huge influx of Muslims. I kinda wonder what list criteria is for this.

    • Blessed B. says:

      I’m not sure what the criteria is for this Personal freedoms list.

      Muslim Immigration to the United States……
      Muslim immigration to the United States has been steadily increasing since the 1990s, except for a slight dip following the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City in 2001. In 1992, nearly 50,000 Muslim immigrants were granted permanent residency status in the United States. By 2009, the annual number had increased to more than 115,000. If current trends continue, about 130,000 Muslims are expected to be granted permanent residency in the United States annually by 2030. http://www.limitstogrowth.org/articles/2011/01/28/islamic-immigration-to-increase-in-america/

      Heard that Obi is wanting to bring in another 80,000 soon…..

      Still looking to find exactly how many muslims Canada allows in per year out of the 250,000 migrants we bring in …… that number is not only muslims but from others as well such as China, Britain, American, etc.

  5. vonmesser says:

    Here is the 2008 list – back when Bush was still President. We were number 7 then.
    1 New Zealand
    2 Netherlands
    3 Hong Kong
    4 Australia
    5 Canada
    6 Ireland
    7 United States of America
    8 Denmark
    9 Japan
    10 Estonia
    11 Switzerland
    12 Norway
    13 Finland
    14 Austria
    15 Luxembourg
    16 Chile
    17 Iceland
    18 United Kingdom
    19 Slovakia
    20 Costa Rica
    21 El Salvador
    22 Uruguay
    23 Spain
    24 Albania
    25 Portugal


    In 2000 we were number 3

    More information here:

    • Blessed B. says:

      So…..you’ve dropped considerably since Obi has been in office. He’s making sure that he’s doing his job for the Saudi’s well…… 🙁