For March 2015
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 March 2015
The American Dream Composite Index™ in March 2015 is 65.16, a 0.05% increase from the previous month reading of 65.13 in February 2015. For the month of March, the five components of the ADCI performed as follows: the American Dream Economic Index™ is 64.73 (-0.14% from February), the American Dream Well-Being Index™ is 69.82 (+0.11% from February), the American Dream Societal Index™ is 53.31 (+0.45% from February), the American Dream Diversity Index™ is 74.36 (-.19% from February), and the American Dream Environment Index™ (ADEVI) is 71.41 (-.45% from February).
The American Dream Economic Index™ (ADEI) decreased by 0.14% compared to its previous reading of 64.82 in February 2015. The decrease in the ADEI reflects low levels of satisfaction with Access to Education, Home Ownership, Generational Progress, Destinations in Life, and Freedom of Choice. However, there was a increase in the level of satisfaction with respect to Health Care, Material Prosperity, Job Benefits, Financial Security and Job Environment.
The American Dream Well-Being Index™ (ADWI) increased by 0.11% compared to its 69.74 reading in February 2015. Survey respondents reported an increased level of satisfaction with Optimism, Support of Someone Special, Family Support, Fruits of my Labor, Entrepreneurial Spirit and Freedom of Expression. Leisure Activities, Personal Health, Satisfaction with Residence, Happiness, Support of Friends and Social Status were dimensions reporting a decrease over last month.
The American Dream Societal Index™ (ADSI) increased by 0.45% from its 53.07 reading in February 2015. The increase in the ADSI was driven by a higher level of satisfaction with respect to Just Society, Trust in Government, Education Quality, Trust in Business, Trust in People and Safety in Community. There was a decrease in the level of satisfaction with respect to Civic Participation and Safety in Travel.
The American Dream Diversity Index™ (ADDI) decreased by 0.19% from its February 2015 reading of 74.50. This decrease reflects an unfavorable response in the level of satisfaction with Political Freedom and Diverse Personal and Social Identities from their own. There was a favorable level of satisfaction with Diversity in one’s Neighborhood and with Diversity at personal level.
The American Dream Environment Index™ (ADEVI) decreased by .45% from its February 2014 level of 71.73.