For November 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 DOWN 0.46% ▼
ADCI Exec. Summary For November 2014
The American Dream Composite Index™ in November 2014 is 64.34, a 0.46% decrease from the previous month reading of 64.64 in October 2014. For the month of November, the five components of the ADCI performed as follows: the American Dream Economic Index™ is 64.09 (+0.06% from October), the American Dream Well-Being Index™ is 68.58 (-1.08% from October), the American Dream Societal Index™ is 53.06 (-0.52% from October), the American Dream Diversity Index™ is 73.45 (+0.01% from October), and the American Dream Environment Index™ (ADEVI) is 69.81 (+0.34% from October).
The American Dream Economic Index™ (ADEI) increased by 0.06% compared to its previous reading of 64.05 in October 2014. The increase in the ADEI reflects high levels of satisfaction with Job Benefits, Home Ownership, Health Care, Job Environment and Access to Education. There was however a decrease in the level of satisfaction with respect to Generational Progress, Financial Security, Freedom of Choice, Destinations in Life and Material Prosperity.
The American Dream Well-Being Index™ (ADWI) decreased by 1.08% compared to its 69.33 reading in October 2014. Survey respondents reported a decreased level of satisfaction with 11 of the 12 dimensions. The largest decrease was with respect to Leisure Activities, Optimism, Family Support, Personal Health, Satisfaction with Residence, Freedom of Expression, Support of Friends, Entrepreneurial Spirit, Social Status, Happiness and Fruits of my Labor. Support of Someone Special was the only dimension reporting an increase over last month.
The American Dream Societal Index™ (ADSI) decreased by 0.52% from its 53.34 reading in October 2014. The decrease in the ADSI was driven by a lower level of satisfaction with respect to Civic Participation, Trust in People, Trust in Business and Trust in Government. There was an increase in the level of satisfaction with respect to Education Quality, Just Society, Safety in Community and Safety in Travel.
The American Dream Diversity Index™ (ADDI) slightly increased by 0.01% from its October 2014 reading of 73.44. This increase reflects a favorable response in the level of satisfaction with Political Freedom and diversity within one’s neighborhood. There was an unfavorable level of satisfaction in those with different personal and social identities from their own and with diversity at a personal level.
The American Dream Environment Index™ (ADEVI) increased by 0.34% from its October 2014 level of 69.57.