U.S., Canada happier than Britain

March 30, 2006 at 4:29 PM
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PRINCETON, N.J., March 30 (UPI) -- A Gallup poll says fewer British citizens report being happy than U.S. residents or Canadians, a finding analysts attribute to the national character.

The poll found that 53 percent of U.S. respondents report being very happy along with 55 percent of Canadians and 38 percent of Britons. The default position for Brits is "fairly happy," with 55 percent picking that option while the percentages of people who describe themselves as unhappy is less than 10 percent.

While 57 percent of U.S. respondents and 58 percent of Canadians reported being very satisfied with their personal lives, 41 percent of Britons did. An equal percentage of Brits reported being "somewhat satisfied" and once again the dissatisfied group was small, at 10 percent of Canadians, 13 percent of U.S. respondents and 16 percent of Britons.

Asked about specific person and national issues, Canadians were significantly more pleased with their country's economy and their own physical and mental health. But differences were small otherwise, leading the Gallup pollsters to conclude that either Britons are less happy by nature or less willing to say they are happy.

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