Wealthy nations tend to be less religious, but U.S. is an exception


Pew Research analyst George Gao explores how research shows Americans are set apart from people in other nations by their emphasis on individualism and work ethic, as well as their religiosity and optimism.

Among wealthier nations, one of the big differences is that America is both more religious and more optimistic than the U.S.’s wealthy counterparts. Gao writes that, as might be expected, Americans emphasized a hard work ethic, and more:

People in richer nations tend to place less emphasis on the need to believe in God in order to be moral and have good values than people in poorer countries do. While the share of Americans holding that view is far lower than in poorer nations like Indonesia and Ghana (each 99%), the U.S. stands out when compared with people in other economically advanced nations.
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