For September 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 1.43% ▼
ADCI Exec. Summary For September 2014
The American Dream Composite Index™ in September 2014 is 63.48, a 1.43% decrease from the previous month reading of 64.40 in August 2014. For the month of September, the five components of the ADCI performed as follows: the American Dream Economic Index™ is 62.40 (-2.55% from August), the American Dream Well-Being Index™ is 67.99 (-1.85% from August), the American Dream Societal Index™ is 52.72 (+0.75% from August), the American Dream Diversity Index™ is 73.13 (-1.11% from August), and the American Dream Environment Index™ (ADEVI) is 71.36 (-0.55% from August).
The American Dream Economic Index™ (ADEI) decreased by 2.55% compared to its previous reading of 64.03 in August 2014. The decrease in the ADEI reflects low levels of satisfaction with all 10 dimensions: Access to Education, Destinations in Life, Freedom of Choice, Health Care, Financial Security, Home Ownership, Material Prosperity, Job Benefits and Generational Progress and Job Environment.
The American Dream Well-Being Index™ (ADWI) decreased by 1.85% compared to its 69.27 reading in August 2014. Survey respondents reported a decrease in the level of satisfaction with 11 of the 12 dimensions. The largest decrease was with respect to Support of Someone Special, followed by Family Support, Support of Friends, Satisfaction with Residence, Happiness, Social Status, Fruits of my Labor, Freedom of Expression, Personal Health and Entrepreneurial Spirit. There was, however, a slight increase in the level of satisfaction with respect to Leisure Activities.
The American Dream Societal Index™ (ADSI) increased by 0.75% from its 52.33 reading in August 2014. The increase in the ADSI was driven by a higher level of satisfaction with respect to Trust in Government, Trust in Business, Education Quality and Just Society. There was a decrease in the level of satisfaction with respect to Safety in Community, Trust in People, Civic Participation and Safety in Travel.
The American Dream Diversity Index™ (ADDI) decreased by 1.11% from its August 2014 reading of 73.13. This decrease reflects a less favorable response in the level of satisfaction with Political Freedom, diversity at a personal level, diversity within one’s neighborhood and those with different personal and social identities from their own.
The American Dream Environment Index™ (ADEVI) decreased by 0.55% from its August 2014 level of 71.76.