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Published in Print: November 25, 1998, as American Pride

American Pride

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In a survey of parents and the public, the following percentages of respondents said they agreed with these statements.

Too many of today's youngsters fail to appreciate how good this country is. 91%
The United States is a better country than most other countries in the world. 90
Too many Americans are materialistic and care too much about buying things. 90
There's too much attention paid these days to what separates different ethnic and racial groups and not enough to what they have in common. 89
The government sometimes lies to the public about what is really going on. 89
Minorities often get treated unfairly in this country. 70
Most of today's immigrants come to the United States to settle and become loyal Americans. 62
The United States has done a lot of morally wrong things to other countries. 48
It is harder to raise kids in America than in other countries. 30

"A Lot To Be Thankful For: What Parents Want Children To Learn About America" is available for $10 from Public Agenda at (212) 686-6610. It can also be ordered via the World Wide Web at: www.publicagenda.org.

SOURCE: Public Agenda.

Vol. 18, Issue 13, Page 8

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