Gallup: Americans' mood hits 16-month high
The percentage of "thriving" Americans rose to 54% in February, nearly recouping the losses since before the coronavirus pandemic in October 2019, per new Gallup polling.
Why it matters: That's up from 48% in December, the low-point since last April. It partially reflects the resolution of the 2020 election and the recent drop in daily coronavirus cases in the country, according to Gallup.
Context: Gallup classifies Americans as "thriving," "struggling" or "suffering" based on how they rate their present and future lives on a scale numbered from 0 to 10.
- Those who rate their current life a 7 or higher and their anticipated life in five years an 8 or higher are classified as thriving.
The big picture: Over the past year, the "extraordinary spikes in stress and worry far exceeded the increases gauged during the Great Recession."
Methodology: This survey is based on web responses from 3,735 U.S. adults captured from Feb. 15-21, 2021.