For April 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 DOWN 0.98% ▼
ADCI Exec. Summary For April 2015
The American Dream Composite Index™ in April 2015 is 64.52, a 0.98% decrease from the previous month reading of 65.16 in March 2015. For the month of April, the five components of the ADCI performed as follows: the American Dream Economic Index™ is 63.79 (-1.45% from March), the American Dream Well-Being Index™ is 69.34 (-0.69% from March), the American Dream Societal Index™ is 53.09 (-0.41% from March), the American Dream Diversity Index™ is 73.45 (-1.22% from March), and the American Dream Environment Index™ (ADEVI) is 69.62 (-2.51% from March).
The American Dream Economic Index™ (ADEI) decreased by 1.45% compared to its previous reading of 64.73 in March 2015. The decrease in the ADEI reflects low levels of satisfaction with eight of the 10 dimensions: Material Prosperity, Financial Security, Freedom of Choice, Destinations in Life, Access to Education, Health Care, Job Benefits and Home Ownership. However, there was a slight increase in the level of satisfaction with respect to Generational Progress and Job Environment.
The American Dream Well-Being Index™ (ADWI) decreased by 0.69% compared to its 69.82 reading in March 2015. Survey respondents reported a decreased level of satisfaction with Family Support, Optimism, Personal Health, Freedom of Expression, Entrepreneurial Spirit, Satisfaction with Residence, Support of Someone Special, Support of Friends and Happiness. Social Status, Leisure Activities and Fruits of My Labor were dimensions reporting an increase over last month.
The American Dream Societal Index™ (ADSI) decreased by 0.41% from its 53.31 reading in March 2015. The decrease in the ADSI was driven by a lower level of satisfaction with respect to Just Society, Civic Participation, Safety in Community, Education Quality and Safety in Travel. There was an increase in the level of satisfaction with respect to Trust in People, Trust in Government and Trust in Business.
The American Dream Diversity Index™ (ADDI) decreased by 1.22% from its March 2015 reading of 74.36. This decrease reflects an unfavorable response in the level of satisfaction with Political Freedom, Diverse Personal and Social Identities different from their own, Diversity in one’s Neighborhood and with Diversity at personal level.
The American Dream Environment Index™ (ADEVI) decreased by 2.51% from its March 2014 level of 71.41.