For July 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.
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ADCI Exec. Summary For July 2014
The American Dream Composite Index™ in July 2014 is 64.11, a 0.90% decrease from the previous month reading of 64.69 in June 2014. For the month of July, the five components of the ADCI performed as follows: the American Dream Economic Index™ is 62.67 (-1.21% from June), the American Dream Well-Being Index™ is 69.09 (-0.88% from June), the American Dream Societal Index™ is 52.75 (-1.27% from June), the American Dream Diversity Index™ is 74.33 (-0.44% from June), and the American Dream Environment Index™ (ADEVI) is 68.77 (+1.82% from June).
The American Dream Economic Index™ (ADEI) decreased by 1.21% compared to its previous reading of 63.44 in June 2014. The decrease in the ADEI reflects a lower level of satisfaction with all 10 dimensions: Access to Education, Destinations in Life, Freedom of Choice, Job Environment, Health Care, Financial Security, Home Ownership, Material Prosperity, Job Benefits and Generational Progress.
The American Dream Well-Being Index™ (ADWI) decreased by 0.88% compared to its 69.70 reading in June 2014. Survey respondents reported a decrease in the level of satisfaction with respect to Family Support, Support of Friends, Happiness, Freedom of Expression, Fruits of my Labor, Entrepreneurial Spirit, Leisure Activities, Social Status, Satisfaction with Residence and Optimism. There was, however, an increase in the level of satisfaction with respect to Support of Someone Special and Personal Health.
The American Dream Societal Index™ (ADSI) decreased by 1.27% from its 53.43 reading in June 2014. The decrease in the ADSI was driven by a lower level of satisfaction with respect to Trust in Government, Trust in Business, Just Society, Trust in People and Education Quality. There was an increase in the level of satisfaction with respect to Civic Participation, Safety in Travel and Safety in Community.
The American Dream Diversity Index™ (ADDI) decreased by 0.44% from its June 2014 reading of 74.66. This decrease reflects a less favorable response in all aspects of the ADDI including: the level of satisfaction with diversity within one’s neighborhood and those with different personal and social identities from their own, the level of satisfaction with Political Freedom and diversity at a personal level.
The American Dream Environment Index™ (ADEVI) increased by 1.82% from its June 2014 level of 69.37.