Land of the free? Not exactly, Americans say in new poll

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The number of Americans who say they’re satisfied with the amount of freedom they have to live their lives as they choose continues to drop, according to a new Gallup poll.

Only 79 percent are satisfied with their freedom, which is down from 91 percent in 2006.

Here’s a closer look at the numbers:

From Gallup:

Gallup asks people in more than 120 countries each year whether they are satisfied or dissatisfied with the freedom to choose what they do with their lives. In 2006, the U.S. ranked among the highest in the world for people reporting satisfaction with their level of freedom. After seven years and a 12-point decline, the U.S. no longer makes the top quartile worldwide.

But the bad news doesn’t end there. When it comes to how much people believe corruption is widespread in government, the U.S. doesn’t fare well compared to others around the world.

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