For October 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 UP 1.83% ▲
ADCI Exec. Summary For October 2014
The American Dream Composite Index™ in October 2014 is 64.64, a 1.83% increase from the previous month reading of 63.48 in September 2014. For the month of October, the five components of the ADCI performed as follows: the American Dream Economic Index™ is 64.05 (+2.64% from September), the American Dream Well-Being Index™ is 69.33 (+1.97% from September), the American Dream Societal Index™ is 53.34 (+1.18% from September), the American Dream Diversity Index™ is 73.44 (+1.55% from September), and the American Dream Environment Index™ (ADEVI) is 69.57 (-1.97% from September).
The American Dream Economic Index™ (ADEI) increased by 2.64% compared to its previous reading of 62.40 in September 2014. The increase in the ADEI reflects high levels of satisfaction with all 10 dimensions: Access to Education, Destinations in Life, Freedom of Choice, Health Care, Financial Security, Home Ownership, Material Prosperity, Job Benefits and Generational Progress and Job Environment.
The American Dream Well-Being Index™ (ADWI) increased by 1.97% compared to its 67.99 reading in September 2014. Survey respondents reported an increased level of satisfaction with all of the 12 dimensions. The largest increase was with respect to Fruits of My Labor, followed by Optimism, Happiness, Leisure Activities, Family Support, Social Status, Support of Friends, Satisfaction with Residence, Freedom of Expression, Personal Health and Entrepreneurial Spirit.
The American Dream Societal Index™ (ADSI) increased by 1.18% from its 52.72 reading in September 2014. The increase in the ADSI was driven by a higher level of satisfaction with respect to Safety in Travel, Trust in People, Just Society, Trust in Government, Safety in Community, Civic Participation, and Trust in Business. There was a slight decrease in the level of satisfaction with respect to Education Quality.
The American Dream Diversity Index™ (ADDI) increased by 1.55% from its September 2014 reading of 72.32. This increase reflects a favorable response in the level of satisfaction with Political Freedom, diversity at a personal level, diversity within one’s neighborhood and those with different personal and social identities from their own.
The American Dream Environment Index™ (ADEVI) decreased by 1.97% from its September 2014 level of 70.97.