Poll: Americans Are Less Happy Now Than They Were in 2011


If happiness is a state of mind, then it looks like Americans need to change their outlook.

Happiness — particularly among minorities, recent graduates and the disabled — has declined in the U.S. over the past two years, according to the latest Harris Poll Happiness Index.

In an online survey of 2,345 adults, only 36% of African-Americans gave answers that classified them as “very happy” — a slump from 44% in 2011, when the last Happiness Index was conduct. That’s comparable to 34% of whites. Roughly the same decrease in happiness was observed in Hispanic Americans, with only 28% identifying as “very happy”. The lower percentage on the later group, the poll points out, could be attributed to the ongoing (and highly contentious) immigration debate.

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Not surprisingly, the happiness of college graduates also dipped slightly over the past…

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