For November 2013
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 November 2013
The American Dream Composite Index™ in November 2013 is 64.23, showing no significant change from the previous month reading of 64.17 in October 2013. For the month of November, the five components of the ADCI performed as follows: the American Dream Economic Index™ is 61.49 (+0.82% from October), the American Dream Well-Being Index™ is 70.46 (-0.24% from October), the American Dream Societal Index™ is 51.61 (-0.37% from October), the American Dream Diversity Index™ is 75.76 (-0.09% from October), and the American Dream Environment Index™ (ADEVI) is 71.66 (+1.20% from October).
The American Dream Economic Index™ (ADEI) increased by 0.82% compared to its previous reading of 60.99 reading in October 2013. The increase in the ADEI is attributed to an increase in the level of satisfaction with Access to Education, Material Prosperity, Destinations in Life, Financial Security, Freedom of Choice, Health Care, and Generational Progress. There was a decrease in the level of satisfaction with Job Benefits and Home Ownership. The level of satisfaction with Job Benefits remained virtually unchanged.
The American Dream Well-Being Index™ (ADWI) was lower by 0.24% compared to its 70.63 reading in October 2013. Survey respondents reported a decrease in the level of satisfaction with Fruits of my Labour, Optimism, Leisure Activities, Support of Friends, Entrepreneurial Spirit, Satisfaction with Residence, and Family Support. There was, however, an increase in the level of satisfaction with Support of Someone Special, Personal Health, and Social Status. The level of satisfaction with Happiness and Freedom of Expression remained virtually unchanged from the previous month.
The American Dream Societal Index™ (ADSI) decreased by 0.37% from its 51.80 reading in October 2013. The decrease in ADSI is primarily due to significant decreases in the level of satisfaction with Just Society, Safety in Travel, and Trust in Business. There was an improvement in the level of satisfaction with Civic Participation, Trust in Government, Education Quality, Trust in People, and Safety in Community.
The American Dream Diversity Index™ (ADDI) decreased by 0.09% from its October 2013 reading of 75.83. This decrease was due to an unfavorable response regarding the level of satisfaction with diversity within one’s neighborhood, and the respondent’s attitudes towards those with different personal and social identity from than their own. However, there was an increase in the level of satisfaction with diversity at a personal level and Political Freedom.
The American Dream Environment Index™ (ADEVI) increased by 1.20% from its October 2013 level of 70.81.