American ‘Suffering’ Percentage Hits Record High
Americans are suffering and there seems to be no end in sight. Let’s pray that the God of comfort and restoration breaks in. May these hard times become open doors for Jesus.
From Gallup. The percentage of Americans who evaluate their lives poorly enough to be considered “suffering” on Gallup’s Life Evaluation Index was 5.6% in July, the highest since the index’s inception in 2008. This exceeds the previous high of 4.8% measured in April and is statistically higher than all prior estimates in the COVID-19 era. Across extensive measurement since January 2008, the suffering percentage has reached 4.5% or higher on a handful of occasions.
The most recent results, obtained July 26 to Aug. 2, 2022, are based on web surveys of 3,649 U.S. adults as a part of the Gallup Panel, a probability-based, non-opt-in panel of about 115,000 adults across all 50 states and the District of Columbia….
Daily Stress and Worry Climb Higher Than One Year Ago
In addition to general life ratings, Gallup tracks whether Americans have recently experienced specific emotions in their daily lives, including stress and worry.
Americans’ reports of experiencing stress have edged up to 48% from 43% in July 2021. They remain well below the 60% recorded in March 2020 at the start of the pandemic. Daily worry, at 42%, is also elevated in comparison to the 38% of one year ago, but still lower than the March 2020 reading of 59%.
The spikes Gallup measured in March 2020 were about four times greater than the increases seen in 2008 as a result of the Great Recession.
Since reaching a record high in June 2021, life ratings among American adults have steadily worsened. The 5.6% suffering rate in July marks the first time the Gallup measure has exceeded 5% in the U.S. and translates to an estimated 14 million American adults.
Economic conditions are likely a major contributing factor to these worsening scores … inflation remains near a 40-year high and is the problem Americans cite most often today in an open-ended question….
Dovetailing with economic headwinds is a rising discontentment with U.S. moral values, which has reached a record high, with 50% of Americans reporting the state of moral values is “poor” and 37% “only fair,” a sentiment that could be negatively influencing life ratings generally.
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(Excerpt from Gallup. Photo Credit: Nik Shuliahin on Unsplash)
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