How different are the British from the Americans? The Economist has just run a survey interviewing a thousand Brits and a thousand Americans with the same questions relating to social, economic and political matters. The differences are quite stark. Amongst the nuggets (including some paraphrased from the feature):
- 80% of Americans believe there is a God compared to less than 40% of the British
- Americans are more likely to think of globalisation's impact on the domestic economy as bad, and well over half think that free trade is often harmful (compared to 30% of Brits)
- British Tories would vote for Barack Obama; Labour supporters (narrowly) prefer Hillary Clinton
- The British would pick Bill Clinton before Tony Blair if they could choose from a list of recent Anglo-American leaders
- Americans are less keen on both the United Nations and NATO
- But they are more enthusiastic about the “special relationship” with Britain.
- Americans are more anti-big-business
- Britons are more willing to sacrifice civil liberties in pursuit of security.
For a visual summarising the key results which you can click to enlarge go here.