Poll: People in U.S. happy with lives

Aug. 15, 2007 at 4:14 PM
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WASHINGTON, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- A new poll suggests U.S. citizens, while often dissatisfied with events within their country, overwhelmingly say they are satisfied with the lives they lead.

The Harris poll also found that the majority of U.S. residents asked believe their lives have gotten better over the past five years and nearly two-thirds expect their lives to improve further by 2012, The Washington Times reported Wednesday.

"Overall, Americans are definitely satisfied with the life they lead. Almost all (94 percent) say they are satisfied, with over half of U.S. adults (56 percent) saying they are 'very' satisfied," the poll said.

However, only 19 percent of the poll's respondents said they thought the nation was "moving in the right direction."

"People not only can, but are separating out the negativity they feel in the country as a whole, and are still content with the their lives," the poll said.

Harris polled 1,010 people age 18 and older by telephone between July 10 and 16, 2007.

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