For February 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.
INDEX UP 0.23% ▲
ADCI Exec. Summary For February 2015
The American Dream Composite Index™ in February 2015 is 65.13, a 0.23% increase from the previous month reading of 64.98 in January 2015. For the month of February, the five components of the ADCI performed as follows: the American Dream Economic Index™ is 64.82 (+0.98% from January), the American Dream Well-Being Index™ is 69.74 (+0.29% from January), the American Dream Societal Index™ is 53.07 (-1.12% from January), the American Dream Diversity Index™ is 74.50 (-.08% from January), and the American Dream Environment Index™ (ADEVI) is 71.73 (+2.08% from January).
The American Dream Economic Index™ (ADEI) increased by 0.98% compared to its previous reading of 64.19 in January 2015. The increase in the ADEI reflects high levels of satisfaction with 9 of 10 dimensions: Health Care, Financial Security, Access to Education, Material Prosperity, Destinations in Life, Freedom of Choice, Home Ownership, Generational Progress and Job Benefits. However, there was a decrease in the level of satisfaction with respect to Job Environment.
The American Dream Well-Being Index™ (ADWI) increased by 0.29% compared to its 69.54 reading in January 2015. Survey respondents reported an increased level of satisfaction with Entrepreneurial Spirit, Satisfaction with Residence, Leisure Activities, Happiness, Optimism, Support of Someone Special, Fruits of my Labor, and Family Support. Support of Friends, Personal Health, Social Status and Freedom of Expression were dimensions reporting a decrease over last month.
The American Dream Societal Index™ (ADSI) decreased by 1.12% from its 53.67 reading in January 2015. The decrease in the ADSI was driven by a lower level of satisfaction with respect to Trust in Government, Just Society, Education Quality, Trust in Business, Education Quality, Safety in Community and Safety in Travel. There was an increase in the level of satisfaction with respect to Civic Participation.
The American Dream Diversity Index™ (ADDI) decreased by 0.08% from its January 2015 reading of 74.56. This decrease reflects an unfavorable response in the level of satisfaction with Diversity in One’s Neighborhood, Diverse Personal and Social Identities from their own and with Diversity at personal level. There was a favorable level of satisfaction with Political Freedom.
The American Dream Environment Index™ (ADEVI) increased by 2.08% from its January 2014 level of 71.97.