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article imagePoll: More than half of Americans say they are struggling

By Chris V. Thangham     Jan 16, 2009 in Politics
A new Gallup poll shows more than half of the U.S. population says they are struggling. That number is up by about 11 per cent (22 million people) over last year.
Gallup surveyed a minimum of 1,000 adults each day last year. During the survey, they asked each person to rate six aspects of their lives, including how they rate their current status and what they expect in five years.
Gallup scientist Jim Harter presented the following findings of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index:
"In January of 2008, 49 per cent of Americans were thriving, 47 per cent struggling and 4 per cent were suffering. In November and December, 38 per cent were thriving, 58 per cent struggling and 4 per cent suffering."
The 11 per cent increase amounts to 22 million people. The index showed the worst results in November and December of 2008 when the U.S. economy was facing a huge crisis and more jobs were being lost.
More than five million jobs were lost in 2008, the worst since 1945.
Gallup found the age group over 35 was the most affected in 2008, but it affected people at almost every income levels.
Harter said three factors affect the life evaluation index: Economics, good health and a good job. When those are affected, people struggle as well.
Gallup also found Americans’ evaluation of their physical health, emotional health, healthy behavior and work environment also took a big hit last year.
Do you agree with the Gallup findings?
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