Poll: Americans categorized as "suffering" reaches record high
Driving the news: 5.6% of Americans said they are "suffering" in July, up from the previous high of 4.8% measured in April.
- July's result is also higher than all previous estimates during the COVID-19 era, per Gallup.
The big picture: The percentage of U.S. adults classified as "thriving" has declined steadily since it reached a record high of 59.2% in June 2021.
- July's estimate of 51.2% adults classified as "thriving" is an 18-month low, per Gallup.
- The percentage of Republicans who are classified as suffering has doubled since June 2021, Gallup found, and among Democrats, it has jumped to 5.4%, almost double the 2.9% from a year ago.
- In addition to general life ratings, the percentage of Americans who report experiencing stress is up to 48%, compared with 43% in July 2021.
- Gallup began asking the life quality question in 2008, when, during the Great Recession, about 3.8% of Americans were categorized as suffering.
Between the lines: Gallup classifies Americans as "thriving," "struggling" or "suffering" based on how respondents rate their current and future lives on a ladder scale from zero to 10.
- Respondents who rate both their current and future lives a 4 or lower are classified as suffering, while those who rate their current life a 7 or higher are classified as thriving.
State of play: "Economic conditions are likely a major contributing factor to these worsening scores," Gallup notes.
- "Despite the addition of 528,000 new jobs in July, persistently high inflation is creating a drag on the Gallup Economic Confidence Index, which is now at its lowest point since the Great Recession in 2009," per Gallup.