Republicans’ Life Ratings Plunge, Democrats’ Improve

Republicans’ ratings of their lives worsened significantly in November, with their collective Life Evaluation Index score dropping to 40.3, from 47.0 in October. Independents’ life ratings also declined last month, but to a lesser degree. Democrats became slightly more upbeat — their Life Evaluation Index score climbed to 56.9, from 53.7 in October. …

The Life Evaluation Index is part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index and is calculated off of how Americans rate their current and future lives on a ladder scale with steps numbered from 0 to 10 based on the Cantril Self-Anchoring Striving Scale. [cont.]

Elizabeth Mendes, Gallup