Standard of Living

U.S. Life Evaluation (Weekly)

Based on the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index

% Thriving% Struggling% Suffering
10/13-19/201453%43%4%
10/6-12/201454%42%4%
09/29-10/5/201452%44%4%
09/22-28/201455%42%4%
09/15-21/201454%42%4%
09/8-14/201457%39%4%
09/1-7/201455%41%3%
08/25-31/201456%40%5%
08/18-24/201455%41%4%
08/11-17/201454%42%4%
The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index tracks daily how Americans evaluate their lives, both now and in five years, on the Cantril Self-Anchoring Striving Scale, where "0" represents the worst possible life and "10" represents the best possible life. Respondents are classified by Gallup as "thriving" if they rate their current life a 7 or higher and their future life an 8 or higher. Respondents are classified as "suffering" if they rate their current life 0 to 4 and their future life 0 to 4. Those who are neither "thriving" nor "suffering" are classified as "struggling." Weekly results from Jan. 1, 2008 to Dec. 31, 2012 are based on telephone interviews with approximately 7,000 national adults; margin of error is ±1 percentage point. Weekly results as of Jan. 1, 2013 are based on telephone interviews with approximately 3,500 national adults; margin of error is ±2 percentage point.
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