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Americans' Ratings of Standard of Living Best in Decade

Americans are more positive about their standard of living this year than they have been for at least the past nine years.

Standard of Living Ratings Rise During Obama Presidency

Americans' ratings of their standard of living, a key aspect of financial well-being, have improved during Barack Obama's presidency. Americans are more likely to be satisfied with their current standard of living and to say it is improving.

Americans' Assessments of Living Standards Brighter in 2015

Americans' evaluations about their standard of living were more positive in 2015 than in any year since 2008. Gallup's standard of living index averaged +49 in 2015.

U.S. Standard of Living Index Ties High of +52

Americans continue to be positive about their standard of living. Gallup's Standard of Living Index has been +50 or higher for the past six months, including the reading of +52 in May that ties the previous high reached in March.

U.S. Standard of Living Index Climbs to Highest in 7 Years

Gallup's Standard of Living Index reached +50 in December, the best score since tracking began in 2008. Americans' improved views of their standard of living coincide with higher spending and positive economic confidence ratings.

Afghans' Misery Reflected in Record-Low Well-Being Measures

Gallup's 2018 Afghanistan survey reveals record-low well-being levels. Asked to rate their future lives on a zero-to-10 scale, Afghans give an average response of 2.3 -- the lowest recorded for any country worldwide over the past 12 years.

U.S. Hispanics Positive About Their Standard of Living

Americans' ratings of their standard of living have improved steadily since 2011, but more so among Hispanics than blacks or whites. Hispanics now rate their standard of living much more positively than either group.

Russians See Widening Gap Between Rich and Poor

The majority of Russians (68%) say that the difference between rich and poor people in Russia has increased in the past five years.

In U.S., Standard of Living Index Climbs to Six-Year High

Gallup's U.S. Standard of Living Index reached 47 in May, the highest monthly average in the more than six-year trend. The index is up three points from April.

No Recovery Yet for Spain's Poor

In 2017, low-income Spaniards split sharply from the rest of the population on key quality-of-life measures. Less than half of those in the poorest 20% are now satisfied with their living standards, versus more than three-fourths of the rest.
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