Americans and Europeans share many things: a commitment to fundamental democratic principles, a strategic alliance that has shaped the world order for more than half a century, and despite serious economic challenges in recent years, some of the highest living standards in the world.
Still, there are notable differences across the Atlantic.
Of course I speak in general terms, one of the stories above is about a German woman so exception do of course happen.(At the same time, it’s worth noting that on this and other questions there are differences Europe too. A solid majority (77%) of Americans believe citizens should be allowed to make statements that are offensive to people’s religious beliefs, a significantly higher share of the public than in any of the European Union nations included in our 2015 survey.For example, on this question, the United Kingdom looks a lot like the United States.) Americans are also especially likely to believe that an individual who works hard can find success: 73% said hard work is very important for getting ahead in life compared to a European median of 35%. (58%) believe allowing everyone to pursue their life’s goals without interference from the state is more important. In Poland, Germany and Italy, fewer than half think this kind of speech should be legal.As our polling has found over the years, Americans and Europeans often have different perspectives on individualism, the role of government, free expression, religion and morality.with the statement “Success in life is pretty much determined by forces outside our control,” a higher percentage than in any of the European nations polled.Globally, there is a strong relationship between a country’s wealth and its level of religiosity. is a clear outlier to this pattern – a wealthy nation that is also relatively religious. think sex between unmarried adults is morally unacceptable, this is nonetheless significantly higher than what our 2013 poll found in Europe.Nations with higher levels of gross domestic product per capita tend to have lower percentages saying religion is very important in their lives. Americans and Europeans don’t always agree on questions about morality, especially on issues related to sexuality. And while adultery is widely frowned upon in the EU – except, notably, in France – Americans are even more likely to say having an affair is morally unacceptable.A friend of mine, a fellow European, summarized how relationships on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean work in a comical, but also pretty accurate way: “In America, the girl is Barbie and the guy is Ken.In Europe both are both.” So how does this actually apply to the way relationships differ from each other in two continents whose inhabitants once belonged to the same culture?I’m not to judge that one is better than the other, and mind you, my observations are based on my own experiences as well as a group of women I’ve interviewed in the last two years.The below is a list of some of the themes and commonalities observed.