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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Release date

August 2012


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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