Americans don't hate rich people as much as you may think.

In fact, the majority of Americans say that most of the country's wealthy class deserves to be rich, according to a recent survey conducted by GlobeScan. The research firm polled more than 12,000 people in 23 countries for their thoughts on the matter.

It gets better. The United States was one of only six countries where most people generally approved of the way the rich acquired their money. However, when accounting for all people surveyed across 17 countries this year and in 2008, the story changes. Only 43 percent of that more global group said that most of the world's wealthy deserve their money, the study found.

The share of Americans approving of the rich's means to their end hasn't shifted much in recent years, despite the wealth gap continuing to widen. Actually, such sentiments have remained steady for some time. More than six out of every 10 Americans said in a May Gallup poll that the United States benefits from having the rich among them, a view that has remained unchanged for at least two decades, according to Gallup.

Here are the 10 countries where people say the rich deserve their money:

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  • 1. Australia

    61 percent of respondents said they agree with the statement that "most rich people in my country deserve their wealth" in 2012, up from 53 percent in 2008.

  • 2. Canada

    58 percent of respondents said they agree with the statement that "most rich people in my country deserve their wealth" in 2012, down from 61 percent in 2008.

  • 3. United States of America

    58 percent of respondents said they agree with the statement that "most rich people in my country deserve their wealth" in 2012, up from 57 percent in 2008.

  • 4. China

    52 percent of respondents said they agree with the statement that "most rich people in my country deserve their wealth" in 2012, up from 50 percent in 2008.

  • 5. India

    51 percent of respondents said they agree with the statement that "most rich people in my country deserve their wealth" in 2012, unchanged from 2008.

  • 6. UK

    45 percent of respondents said they agree with the statement that "most rich people in my country deserve their wealth" in 2012, down from 47 percent in 2008.

  • 7. Kenya

    44 percent of respondents said they agree with the statement that "most rich people in my country deserve their wealth" in 2012, up from 31 percent in 2008.

  • 8. Brazil

    43 percent of respondents said they agree with the statement that "most rich people in my country deserve their wealth" in 2012, unchanged from 2008.

  • 9. South Korea

    42 percent of respondents said they agree with the statement that "most rich people in my country deserve their wealth" in 2012, up from 39 percent in 2008.

  • 10. Pakistan

    41 percent of respondents said they agree with the statement that "most rich people in my country deserve their wealth" in 2012, up from 40 percent in 2008.