Mar 13, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Gallup: Americans' mood hits 16-month high

Firefighters, medical workers and first responders gather at Northern Westchester Hospital in New Rochelle, New York, on March 11.

Firefighters, medical workers and first responders gather at Northern Westchester Hospital in New Rochelle, New York, on March 11 to mark the one year anniversary of the first Covid-19 patient admission to the hospital. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

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.

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