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Most Rate Their Life Today Positively

Americans are feeling great about life these days, though most say the best years happen before 40.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 75% of American Adults rate their own life today as good or excellent, showing little change from the 74% who said the same last year.  This is up from 61% in 2010  and 67% in 2014 and the highest level of satisfaction recorded in regular surveys since 2006. Fewer than ever (3%) rate their life as poor. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on August 16 & 19, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on August 16 & 19, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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