The 2005 Gallup International Voice of the People Survey was conducted in 66 nations (Gallup International is not affiliated with the Gallup Poll--the American survey was conducted by TNS Intersearch). One of the questions was "Have there been times in the last 12 months when you and/or your family have not had enough to eat?" In the United States, 3% chose "frequently," 8% "sometimes," 15% "rarely," and 74% "never." If you count those responses as 1, 2, 3, and 4, that gives an average of 3.53. As you might guess, that was not the highest score: Denmark had 0.3%, 1%, 1% and 98%, for an average of 3.97. The United States did not even rank in the top half: we were 36th. In this respect, the United States was about even with the less successful transition economies: similar to Lithuania, Croatia, Moldova, and Romania, but behind Poland and the Czech Republic.