For August 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 UP 0.45% ▲
ADCI Exec. Summary For August 2014
The American Dream Composite Index™ in August 2014 is 64.40, a 0.45% increase from the previous month reading of 64.11 in July 2014. For the month of August, the five components of the ADCI performed as follows: the American Dream Economic Index™ is 64.03 (+2.17% from July), the American Dream Well-Being Index™ is 69.27 (+0.26% from July), the American Dream Societal Index™ is 52.33 (-0.80% from July), the American Dream Diversity Index™ is 73.13 (-1.61% from July), and the American Dream Environment Index™ (ADEVI) is 71.36 (+3.77% from July).
The American Dream Economic Index™ (ADEI) increased by 2.17% compared to its previous reading of 62.67 in July 2014. The increase in the ADEI reflects a higher level of satisfaction with nine of the 10 dimensions: Access to Education, Destinations in Life, Freedom of Choice, Health Care, Financial Security, Home Ownership, Material Prosperity, Job Benefits and Generational Progress. Job Environment was the only dimension with a decrease.
The American Dream Well-Being Index™ (ADWI) increased by 0.26% compared to its 69.09 reading in July 2014. Survey respondents reported an increase in the level of satisfaction with respect to Satisfaction with Residence, Social Status, Happiness, Family Support, Optimism and Freedom of Expression. There was, however, a decrease in the level of satisfaction with respect to Support of Someone Special, Fruits of my Labor, Support of Someone Special, Leisure Activities, Personal Health and Support of Friends.
The American Dream Societal Index™ (ADSI) decreased by 0.80% from its 52.75 reading in July 2014. The decrease in the ADSI was driven by a lower level of satisfaction with respect to Trust in Government, Civic Participation, Safety in Travel, Trust in Business, Education Quality and Trust in People. There was an increase in the level of satisfaction with respect to Safety in Community and a Just Society.
The American Dream Diversity Index™ (ADDI) decreased by 1.61% from its July 2014 reading of 74.33. This decrease reflects a less favorable response in the level of satisfaction with diversity within one’s neighborhood and those with different personal and social identities from their own and diversity at a personal level. There was an increase in the level of satisfaction with Political Freedom.
The American Dream Environment Index™ (ADEVI) increased by 3.77% from its July 2014 level of 68.77.