For January 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.
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ADCI Exec. Summary For January 2015
The American Dream Composite Index™ in January 2015 is 64.98, a 0.09% decrease from the previous month reading of 65.04 in December 2014. For the month of January, the five components of the ADCI performed as follows: the American Dream Economic Index™ is 64.19 (+0.14% from December), the American Dream Well-Being Index™ is 69.54 (-0.22% from December), the American Dream Societal Index™ is 53.67 (+0.15% from December), the American Dream Diversity Index™ is 74.56 (-.09% from December), and the American Dream Environment Index™ (ADEVI) is 70.27 (-2.36% from December).
The American Dream Economic Index™ (ADEI) slightly increased by 0.14% compared to its previous reading of 64.10 in December 2014. The increase in the ADEI reflects high levels of satisfaction with Generational Progress, Freedom of Choice, Job Environment, Job Benefits and Home Ownership. However, there was a decrease in the level of satisfaction with respect to Health Care, Material Prosperity, Destinations in Life, Access to Education and Financial Security.
The American Dream Well-Being Index™ (ADWI) decreased by 0.22% compared to its 69.69 reading in December 2014. Survey respondents reported a decreased level of satisfaction with Family Support, Entrepreneurial Spirit, Happiness, Support of Someone Special, Optimism, Satisfaction with Residence and Freedom of Expression. Fruits of my Labor, Leisure Activities, Personal Health, Support of Friends, and Social Status were dimensions reporting an increase over last month.
The American Dream Societal Index™ (ADSI) increased by 0.15% from its 53.59 reading in December 2014. The increase in the ADSI was driven by a higher level of satisfaction with respect to Just Society, Education Quality, Civic Participation, Trust in Business and Trust in Government. There was a decrease in the level of satisfaction with respect to Safety in Travel, Trust in People and Safety in Community.
The American Dream Diversity Index™ (ADDI) decreased by 0.09% from its December 2014 reading of 74.63. This increase reflects a favorable response in the level of satisfaction with Diversity in One’s Neighborhood and Diverse Personal and Social Identities from their own. There was an unfavorable level of satisfaction in Political Freedom and with Diversity at personal level.
The American Dream Environment Index™ (ADEVI) decreased by 2.36% from its December 2014 level of 71.97.