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Americans are the most generous, global poll finds

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(Read caption) A woman plays with a baby as they wait to go into a "Back-to-School" giveaway at the Fred Jordan Mission in Los Angeles in October. Five thousand homeless and underprivileged children were given new athletic shoes, clothes, backpacks, and haircuts for the new school year. A new poll shows Americans are the world's most generous to those in need.

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Americans give more to help others than the residents of 152 other countries, according to a new global survey. That’s a big change from last year, when the United States ranked No. 5.

The poll, conducted last year with about 1,000 residents in each of 153 countries, asked people whether they had donated money to a charity, volunteered their time, or helped a stranger in the previous month.

By averaging the responses of people who had done each of those things, the survey ranked the United States as No. 1 with a score of 60. The average score for all countries included in the survey was 31.6. Following closely behind the United States was Ireland, with a score of 59, Australia (58), New Zealand (57), and the United Kingdom (57). Researchers said they were still assessing the results to figure out why each country had landed where it did on the rankings.

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The survey was the second of its kind to be released by the Charities Aid Foundation, a nonprofit organization that seeks to increase charitable giving. Founded in the United Kingdom, it has offices in eight other countries, including the United States

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