For June 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 0.29% ▼
ADCI Exec. Summary For June 2014
The American Dream Composite Index™ in June 2014 is 64.69, a 0.29% decrease from the previous month reading of 64.88 in May 2014. For the month of June, the five components of the ADCI performed as follows: the American Dream Economic Index™ is 63.44 (-0.28% from May), the American Dream Well-Being Index™ is 69.70 (-0.17% from May), the American Dream Societal Index™ is 53.43 (+0.47% from May), the American Dream Diversity Index™ is 74.66 (-1.11 % from May), and the American Dream Environment Index™ (ADEVI) is 67.54 (-2.64% from May).
The American Dream Economic Index™ (ADEI) decreased by 0.28% compared to its previous reading of 63.62 in May 2014. The decrease in the ADEI reflects a lower level of satisfaction with the following dimensions: Access to Education, Destinations in Life, Freedom of Choice, Job Environment and Health Care. The dimensions that reflected a higher level of satisfaction were Financial Security and Home Ownership. There was virtually no change in the respondents’ level of satisfaction with respect to Material Prosperity, Job Benefits and Generational Progress.
The American Dream Well-Being Index™ (ADWI) decreased by 0.17% compared to its 69.82 reading in May 2014. Survey respondents reported a decrease in the level of satisfaction with respect to Social Status, Entrepreneurial Spirit, Family Support, Freedom of Expression, Support of Friends and Personal Health. There was, however, an increase in the level of satisfaction with respect to Fruits of my Labor, Leisure Activities, Support of Someone Special, Happiness, Satisfaction with Residence and Optimism.
The American Dream Societal Index™ (ADSI) increased by 0.47% from its 53.18 reading in May 2014. The increase in ADSI was driven by a higher level of satisfaction with respect to Education Quality, Trust in Government, Trust in Business and Just Society. There was some decrease in the level of satisfaction with respect to Civic Participation, Safety in Travel and Safety in Community. There was only a slight decrease in satisfaction with respect to Trust in People.
The American Dream Diversity Index™ (ADDI) decreased by 1.11% from its May 2014 reading of 69.37. This decrease reflects a less favorable response in all aspects of the ADDI including: the level of satisfaction with diversity within one’s neighborhood and those with different personal and social identities from their own, the level of satisfaction with Political Freedom and diversity at a personal level.
The American Dream Environment Index™ (ADEVI) decreased by 2.64% from its May 2014 level of 69.37.