How happy are you with your life nowadays? (by social class, United States, 2012)

Satisfaction with living standars in the U.S. in 2012, by social class This statistic shows the results of a survey among American adults on their happiness with their current living standards, by social class. The survey was conducted in July 2012, shortly before the presidential election. 32 percent of Americans who define themselves as members of the middle class stated they were very happy with their life nowadays, while 20 percent of Americans belonging to the lower class stated the same.
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Upper classMiddle classLower class
Very happy42%32%20%
Pretty happy48%48%46%
Not too happy10%18%31%
Don't know /refused1%1%2%
Upper classMiddle classLower class
Very happy42%32%20%
Pretty happy48%48%46%
Not too happy10%18%31%
Don't know /refused1%1%2%
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This statistic shows the results of a survey among American adults on their happiness with their current living standards, by social class. The survey was conducted in July 2012, shortly before the presidential election. 32 percent of Americans who define themselves as members of the middle class stated they were very happy with their life nowadays, while 20 percent of Americans belonging to the lower class stated the same.
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Release date
August 2012
Region
United States
Survey time period
July 16-26, 2012
Number of respondents
2,508 respondents
Age group
18 years and older
Method of interview
Telephone interview
Supplementary notes
The source poses the original questions as follows: "Generally, how would you say things are these days in your life – would you say that you are very happy, pretty happy, or not too happy?"

Number of respondents per class:
Upper class = 507
Middle class = 1,287
Lower class = 670.

The source asked the respondents if they define themselves as lower, middle and upper class. For details, please see page 123 at the source.

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