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
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 here — Over 1.5 million homeless students in the US by Trévon Austin, World Socialist Web Site, February 6, 2020
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