For June 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 0.06% ▲
ADCI Exec. Summary For June 2015
The American Dream Composite Index™ in June 2015 is 64.60, a 0.06% increase from the previous month reading of 64.56 in June 2015. For the month of June, the five components of the ADCI performed as follows: the American Dream Economic Index™ is 63.35 (-0.38% from May), the American Dream Well-Being Index™ is 69.78 (+0.30% from May), the American Dream Societal Index™ is 53.27 (-0.49% from May), the American Dream Diversity Index™ is 73.62 (+0.73% from May), and the American Dream Environment Index™ (ADEVI) is 69.36 (+1.76% from May).
The American Dream Economic Index™ (ADEI) decreased by 0.38% compared to its previous reading of 63.59 in May 2015. The decrease in the ADEI reflects lower levels of satisfaction with 5 of the 10 dimensions: Access to Education, Job Environment, Financial Security, Generational Progress and Material Prosperity. However, there was an increase in the level of satisfaction with respect to Freedom of Choice, Home Ownership, Job Benefits, Health Care, Job Benefits and Destinations in Life.
The American Dream Well-Being Index™ (ADWI) increased by 0.30% compared to its 69.57 reading in May 2015. Survey respondents reported an increased level of satisfaction with Family Support, Freedom of Expression, Happiness, Leisure Activities, Satisfaction with Residence, Personal Health and the Support of Someone Special. Fruits of My Labor, Support of Friends, Entrepreneurial Spirit, Optimism and Social Status were dimensions reporting a decrease last month.
The American Dream Societal Index™ (ADSI) decreased by 0.49% from its 53.53 reading in May 2015. The decrease in the ADSI was driven by a lower level of satisfaction with respect to Civic Participation, Trust in Government, Just Society, Trust in Business and Trust in People. Only the dimensions of Education quality, Safety in Travel and Safety in Community saw increases.
The American Dream Diversity Index™ (ADDI) increased by 0.73% from its May 2015 reading of 73.09. This decrease reflects favorable responses in the level of satisfaction with Diversity in one’s Neighborhood, Diversity at the Personal level, and Political Freedom. Responses relating to Diversity among Personal and Social Identity were the only category seeing declines in June.
The American Dream Environment Index™ (ADEVI) Increased by 1.76% from its May 2015 level of 68.16.