For March 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.
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ADCI Exec. Summary For March 2014
The American Dream Composite Index™ in March 2014 is 64.97, a 0.60% increase from the previous month reading of 64.58 in February 2014. For the month of March, the five components of the ADCI performed as follows: the American Dream Economic Index™ is 63.49 (+0.62% from February), the American Dream Well-Being Index™ is 70.30 (+0.57% from February), the American Dream Societal Index™ is 53.39 (+1.54% from February), the American Dream Diversity Index™ is 75.00 (-0.31% from February), and the American Dream Environment Index™ (ADEVI) is 68.31 (-0.81% from February).
The American Dream Economic Index™ (ADEI) increased by 0.62% compared to its previous reading of 63.10 reading in February 2014. The increase in the ADEI reflects a higher level of satisfaction with respect to Freedom of Choice, Home Ownership, Financial Security, Job Benefits, Generational Progress, and Job Environment. There was, however, an increase in the level of satisfaction in the respondent’s view of Material Prosperity, Generational Progress, and Health Care. There was a decrease in the level of satisfaction in respondent’s view of Material Prosperity, Access to Education, and Destinations in Life. There was virtually no change the level of respondents’ satisfaction with respect to Health Care.
The American Dream Well-Being Index™ (ADWI) increased by 0.57% compared to its 69.90 reading in February 2014. Survey respondents reported an increase in the level of satisfaction with respect to Satisfaction with Residence, Leisure Activities, Happiness, Social Status, Entrepreneurial Spirit, Fruits of my Labor, Support of Friends, Support of Someone Special, and Optimism. Respondents’ level of satisfaction with respect to Freedom of Expression, Family Support, and Personal Health was lower during the month of March.
The American Dream Societal Index™ (ADSI) increased by 1.54% from its 52.58 reading in February 2014. The increase in ADSI is due to an increase in the level of satisfaction with respect to all dimensions: Civic Participation, Safety in Community, Trust in Government, Safety in Travel, Trust in Business, Education Quality, Trust in People, and Trust in Government.
The American Dream Diversity Index™ (ADDI) decreased by 0.31% from its February 2014 reading of 75.23. This decrease is owing to an unfavorable response regarding the level of satisfaction with Political Freedom, respondents’ attitudes towards those with different personal and social identities from than their own, and diversity within one’s neighborhood. There was, however, an increase in the level of satisfaction with diversity at a personal level.
The American Dream Environment Index™ (ADEVI) decreased by 0.81% from its February 2014 level of 68.87.