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From Brazil to Uganda: What it takes to get ahead

The world may be flat these days, but the path to success differs around the globe. In some countries, education and hard work are enough. In others, connections and bribes play a big role. Pew Research surveyed people and asked them which factors are absolutely necessary to get ahead in their nation. Check out the results below.

  • Spain

    71%

    47%

    42%

    29%

    23%

    9%

    5%

  • U.S.

    62%

    73%

    35%

    19%

    18%

    14%

    6%

  • Germany

    61%

    49%

    31%

    28%

    11%

    6%

    4%

  • U.K.

    53%

    60%

    28%

    16%

    16%

    5%

    5%

  • Italy

    39%

    35%

    34%

    35%

    21%

    4%

    10%

  • Japan

    27%

    42%

    10%

    18%

    6%

    3%

    1%

  • France

    24%

    25%

    22%

    16%

    15%

    7%

    6%

  • Brazil

    76%

    49%

    46%

    28%

    14%

    27%

    1%

  • Nigeria

    69%

    53%

    50%

    53%

    45%

    39%

    13%

  • Mexico

    67%

    61%

    27%

    27%

    15%

    16%

    8%

  • South Africa

    63%

    51%

    46%

    32%

    29%

    20%

    13%

  • India

    60%

    38%

    26%

    35%

    24%

    18%

    7%

  • Russia

    59%

    55%

    52%

    49%

    29%

    33%

    12%

  • Jordan

    36%

    32%

    12%

    44%

    32%

    15%

    5%

  • China

    27%

    18%

    12%

    12%

    6%

    4%

    3%

  • Nicaragua

    78%

    69%

    52%

    32%

    11%

    28%

    6%

  • Uganda

    64%

    57%

    45%

    67%

    49%

    38%

    5%

  • Kenya

    37%

    36%

    23%

    21%

    14%

    9%

    3%

Source: Pew Research Interactive: Tal Yellin / CNNMoney