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Taiwan ranks near the bottom in patriotism poll

NATIONAL PRIDE Americans and Venezuelans were the two most patriotic nations in a 34-country survey, while Taiwan and South Korea languished at No. 29 and No. 31

AP , CHICAGO

Taiwan is placed No. 29 when it comes to national pride, according to a survey of 34 democracies released on Tuesday.

Americans are No. 1 and Venezuela came in a close second for having the most patriotism, according to the report from the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago. People rated how proud they were of their countries in areas such as political influence, economic success, sports and history.

They survey ranked 34 countries, mostly in Europe and the Americas, with several Asian nations represented.

"The two things [Americans] rank high on are what we think of as the political or power dimension," said Tom Smith, who wrote the report and directs the General Social Survey at the university's research center. "Given that we're the one world superpower, it's not that surprising."

Patriotism is mostly a "New World" concept, the survey said. Ex-colonies and newer nations were more likely to rank high on the list, while Western European, East Asian and former Socialist countries usually ranked near the middle or bottom. The report was based on a survey in 34 countries conducted by the International Social Survey Program.

Cultural differences might explain lower rankings for the three Asian countries on the list -- Japan (18th), Taiwan (29th) and Korea (31st), Smith said.

"It is both bad luck and poor manners to be boastful about things there," Smith said.

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