Americans’ Satisfaction With Life Similar to Levels in 1998

After headlines have often trumpeted news of a continuing federal budget deficit, persistently high unemployment, and a slow-to-recover housing market in the U.S. in recent years, the prevailing wisdom might be that these developments are affecting Americans’ satisfaction with their lives. Yet Americans report high levels of satisfaction with many aspects of life, from housing to standard of living to the opportunities they have to succeed, and are even more satisfied with their safety and leisure time than they were in the economic boom of the late 1990s. Americans have, however, become less satisfied with their future and their finances over the past 15 years. CONT.

Art Swift, Gallup