Two Studies: Americans Satisfied With Life - Boston News, Weather, Sports | FOX 25 | MyFoxBoston

Two Studies: Americans Satisfied With Life

Posted: Updated:
PHILADELPHIA -

According to a Gallup Poll and a separate index by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), people in the United States generally are very happy people. This comes even during our time of recession.

When the OECD asked to rate their satisfaction with life on a scale of 1 to 10, most Americans said 7, which is higher than the organization's average of 6.6.

The U.S. ranked at the top in housing, income and wealth, but was in the bottom 20% in categories of work-life balance and social connections.

Other countries with happy people, according to the study, are Iceland, Australia, Norway, Canada, Sweden and Switzerland. Some of the countries with the most unsatisfied people are Greece, Mexico, Chile, Estonia, Hungary, Portugal, and Turkey.

The Gallup poll surveyed 2,031 adults nationwide. It asked respondents whether they were satisfied with a variety of different aspects of their lives. When compared to 1998, the number of Americans who report being satisfied by their safety from physical harm have increased by nine percentage points (to 87%), according to the Gallup poll. Satisfaction with their leisure time and education level, both went up from 64 to 69% and 74 to 78%, respectively.

However, satisfaction with future prospects for respondents and their families declined the most, from 76 to 63%. Also, satisfaction with financial net worth or savings dropped from 56 to 46% of respondents.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Feds: 6 Philly Narcotic Cops Robbed, Kidnapped Drug Dealers

    Feds: 6 Philly Narcotic Cops Robbed, Kidnapped Drug Dealers

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 1:14 PM EDT2014-07-30 17:14:52 GMT

    Six former members of the Philadelphia Police Dept.'s narcotics unit have been federally indicted, charged with using robbery, kidnapping and other tactics to shake down more than $500,000 in cash, property and drugs from suspected drug dealers.

    Six former members of the Philadelphia Police Dept.'s narcotics unit have been federally indicted, charged with using robbery, kidnapping and other tactics to shake down more than $500,000 in cash, property and drugs from suspected drug dealers.

  • Youtube Star Makes Good On Promise To Parents

    Youtube Star Makes Good On Promise To Parents

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 12:38 PM EDT2014-07-30 16:38:25 GMT
    A comedian made famous on YouTube made good on a promise he made to his parents years ago.
    A comedian made famous on YouTube made good on a promise he made to his parents years ago.
  • ANOTHER COMFORTABLE DAY

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:23 AM EDT2014-07-30 14:23:12 GMT

    Refreshing Forecast Wednesday will feature another comfortable day with below average temperatures and low humidity.  Highs in the upper 70s/Low 80s.  Expect a mix of sun and clouds.

    Wednesday (82/61): Sun/Clouds

    Refreshing Forecast

    Wednesday will feature another comfortable day with below average temperatures and low humidity.  Highs in the upper 70s/Low 80s.  Expect a mix of sun and clouds. A chance of showers and thunderstorms returns tomorrow as we transition into a stormy pattern for the weekend.

    Wednesday (82/61): Sun/Clouds

Powered by WorldNow

25 FOX Drive
Dedham, MA 02026

Phone (781) 467-2525

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices