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Most Americans Are Happy with Their Lives

Saturday, December 29, 2012

New Year’s is usually a time for resolutions and reflection, and most Americans can say that they are happy with the way their life is going.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 80% of Adults are at least somewhat happy with their lives, including 32% who are Very Happy. One-in-five (20%) don't share that happiness, but that includes just five percent (5%) who are Not At All Happy. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Adults nationwide was conducted on December 17-20, 2012 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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