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The Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index tracks daily how Americans evaluate their lives, both now and in five years, on the Cantril Self-Anchoring Striving Scale, where "0" represents the worst possible life and "10" represents the best possible life. Respondents are classified by Gallup as "thriving" if they rate their current life a 7 or higher and their future life an 8 or higher. Respondents are classified as "suffering" if they rate their current life 0 to 4 and their future life 0 to 4. Those who are neither "thriving" nor "suffering" are classified as "struggling." Daily results are based on telephone interviews with approximately 1,500 national adults; margin of error is ±5 percentage points.
Gallup's standard of living measure reports the percentage of Americans who say their standard of living is getting better versus the percentage who say their standard of living is getting worse. Results are based on telephone interviews with approximately 500 national adults; margin of error is ±5 percentage points.
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Older Americans don't differ significantly from younger Americans in worry about getting the coronavirus, but politics are a major determinant of worry.
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