For February 2014
About The Survey
Xavier University’s American Dream Composite Index™ (ADCI) measures the extent to which people living in the United States achieve the American Dream. The ADCI is based on a random sample of no fewer than 1,000 adults who are surveyed online each month, with at least 400 respondents recurring from the previous month.
The monthly samples are representative, based on the most recent 2010 U.S. Census, of adults living in the U.S. Demographics capture age, income, ethnicity/race, gender, level of education, state/region of residence, marital status, homeowner status, and employment status.
The results of the ADCI survey are made available to the public on a monthly basis. Fluctuations in the ADCI across various dimensions of the American Dream are documented and assessed. The ADCI survey can facilitate comparisons across individuals, cities, states, countries, and regions.
INDEX DOWN 0.91% ▼
ADCI Exec. Summary For February 2014
The American Dream Composite Index™ in February 2014 is 64.58, a 0.91% decrease from the previous month reading of 65.17 in January 2014. For the month of February, the five components of the ADCI performed as follows: the American Dream Economic Index™ is 63.10 (-0.91% from January), the American Dream Well-Being Index™ is 69.90 (-0.51% from January), the American Dream Societal Index™ is 52.58 (-1.44% from January), the American Dream Diversity Index™ is 75.23 (-0.65% from January), and the American Dream Environment Index™ (ADEVI) is 68.87 (-0.78% from January).
The American Dream Economic Index™ (ADEI) decreased by 1.22% compared to its previous reading of 63.88 reading in January 2014. The decrease in the ADEI reflects a lower level of satisfaction with respect to: Financial Security, Home Ownership, Access to Education, Job Environment, Freedom of Choice, Job Benefits. There was, however, an increase in the level of satisfaction in the respondent’s view of Material Prosperity, Generational Progress, and Health Care. There was no change in the level of satisfaction in respondent’s view of Destinations in Life.
The American Dream Well-Being Index™ (ADWI) decreased by 0.51% compared to its 70.26 reading in January 2014. Survey respondents reported a decrease in the level of satisfaction with Entrepreneurial Spirit, Happiness, Satisfaction with Residence, Leisure Activities, Social Status, Personal Health, Support of Friends, and Optimism. Survey respondent’s reported a higher level of satisfaction with respect to Support of Someone Special, Family Support, and Freedom of Expression. There was no change in the level of satisfaction in the respondent’s view of Fruits of my Labor.
The American Dream Societal Index™ (ADSI) decreased by 1.44% from its 53.35 reading in January 2014. The decrease in ADSI is due to decreases in the level of satisfaction with respect to Civic Participation, Safety in Community, Trust in Government, Safety in Travel, Trust in Business, Education Quality, and Trust in People. The only dimension in which the survey respondents reported an increase in their level of satisfaction was in Trust in Government.
The American Dream Diversity Index™ (ADDI) decreased by 0.65% from its January 2014 reading of 75.72. This decrease is due to an unfavorable response regarding the level of satisfaction with Political Freedom, respondents’ attitudes towards those with different personal and social identities from than their own, and diversity at a personal level. There was no change in the level of satisfaction with diversity within one’s neighborhood.
The American Dream Environment Index™ (ADEVI) decreased by 0.78% from its January 2014 level of 69.41.