Americans are more positive about their lives:
Here are the exact questions we ask, based on the Cantril Self-Anchoring Striving Scale:Please imagine a ladder with steps numbered from zero at the bottom to 10 at the top. The top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you and the bottom of the ladder represents the worst possible life for you. On which step of the ladder would you say you personally feel you stand at this time? On which step do you think you will stand about five years from now?
Do you have an explanation for this increase in life evaluation, despite all of the challenges facing the U.S. today? How would you answer this question?