Citizen Action Monitor

Gallup poll finds 90% of Americans satisfied with life – While Fed Gov finds 1.5 million students homeless

Most satisfied are high-income households, Republicans, married adults. While other studies expose mounting inequality and social distress. What gives?

No 2578 Posted by fw, February 6, 2020


Satisfied: Story Highlights – “Americans’ satisfaction with personal life highest in four-decade trend; Two in three Americans say they are very satisfied, also a new high; High-income households, Republicans, married adults the most satisfied. … Nine in 10 Americans are satisfied with the way things are going in their personal life, a new high in Gallup’s four-decade trend. The latest figure bests the previous high of 88% recorded in 2003. These results are from Gallup’s Mood of the Nation poll, conducted Jan. 2-15, which also recorded a 20-year high in Americans’ confidence in the U.S. economy. The percentage of Americans who report being satisfied with their personal life is similar to the 86% who said in December that they were very or fairly happy — though the happiness figure, while high, is on the low end of what Gallup has measured historically for that question. … Despite some variation, solid majorities of Americans have reported being satisfied with their personal life over the past few decades, with an average of 83% satisfied since 1979.”Read More here — New High of 90% of Americans Satisfied With Personal Life by Justin McCarthy, Gallup, February 6, 2020


Homeless Student

Student Homelessness, Inequality, Social Distress“On the day that US President Donald Trump proclaimed a “a blue-collar boom” in his State of the Union address, the Federal government reported that the number of students experiencing homelessness had hit a record high. More than 1.5 million public school students, from kindergarten to high school, experienced homelessness at some point in time during the 2017-18 school year, according to a report released Wednesday by the National Center for Homeless Education. The number is the highest recorded since the organization began tracking student homelessness. … However, the report is just one of many recent social indicators that expose mounting inequality and social distress in the United States. … Compared to the 2015-16 school year, the 2017-18 school year showed a 15 percent increase, from 1,307,656 to 1,508,265, in students reported as experiencing homelessness. The number from 2017-18 was more than double the 680,000 students who experienced homelessness in 2004-05, the first year examined by the organization.”Read More hereOver 1.5 million homeless students in the US by Trévon Austin, World Socialist Web Site, February 6, 2020


Trump brags he has been good for the economy; Nobel laureate says nothing could be further from the truth : Nobel laureate in economics, Joseph Stiglitz, has the evidence to prove he’s right, and that Trump is “BIGLY” wrong. No 2573 Posted by fw, January 20, 2020

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