Two-thirds of the public now says their living circumstances are getting better
Forget media tales of woe: Standard of living soars to ‘best of decade,’ says new Gallup poll
By Jennifer Harper
“Americans’ ratings of their standard of living are on pace to be the best in Gallup’s 10-year tracking history,” writes Jim Norman, a Gallup analyst who reveals that two-thirds of the public now says their living circumstances are getting better, 80 percent of the nation say they are “satisfied” with their current standard of living, and the pollster’s complex but revealing “well-being index” now stands at 54, a record high.
“This year’s rise in the overall index is driven by an increase in Americans’ outlook for their standard of living. The percentage of Americans saying their standard of living is getting better has risen from 62 percent in 2016 to 64 percent so far this year, with a corresponding drop in the percentage saying it is getting worse, from 22 percent to 19 percent. The strongly positive expectations Americans now have for their standard of living is a far cry from the situation in 2008, when as many thought their situation was getting worse as thought it was improving,” Mr. Norman said.
There’s a small but interesting partisan divide. In 2016, 56 percent of Republicans and 68 percent of Democrats perceived that their standard of living was “getting better.” In 2017, 68 percent of Republicans and 62 percent of Democrats cite improvement. The findings are based on a Gallup tracking poll that has surveyed 578,600 U.S. adults in the past decade.
Health care issues were confusing during the olden days of Hillarycare and Obamacare. They are getting even more complex on President Trump’s watch. Sen. Bernard Sanders is not the only one unveiling an idea for the national health care challenge on Wednesday, which is essentially “Medicare for all,” with a really big price tag. Five Republican senators and one former Republican senator also will gather on Wednesday for a press conference. Sens. Lindsey Graham, Bill Cassidy, Dean Heller, Ron Johnson and Rick Santorum will have their say on what’s simply being billed as the “Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson proposal to reform health care.”
See their big doings on C-SPAN at 11:30 a.m. EDT. Mr. Graham is also live-streaming the event on his personal YouTube channel, where he describes the proposal as “legislation which would block grant Obamacare funding to the states for health care.”