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Poll: Americans Satisfied With Life Despite Slow Recovery

November 1, 2013

Despite a slow recovery from the economic recession, U.S. residents are generally satisfied with their lives, a Gallup poll found.

The poll, conducted Sept. 21-24 and released Friday, found that most respondents were about as satisfied with their lives as people were in 1998, during a period of general economic prosperity, Gallup reported.

Satisfaction with their safety from personal harm or violence has increased the most since 1998, from 78 percent to 87 percent, followed by satisfaction with their leisure time and education level, which were up from 64 to 69 percent and 74 to 78 percent, respectively.

However, satisfaction with future prospects for respondents and their families declined the most -- 76 percent to 63 percent -- followed by satisfaction with financial net worth or savings, which dropped from 56 to 46 percent.

Gallup questioned 2,031 adults nationwide. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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