Poll Confirms U.S. Hasn’t Been This Bummed out in Nearly 50 Years

This should come as no surprise, but more Americans are bummed out now than at any time in nearly 50 years, according to a new poll — most of which was conducted before the May 25 police-involved killing of George Floyd.

The conclusion came from the COVID Response Tracking Study, conducted by the nonpartisan research organization NORC at the University of Chicago, which found that just 14 percent of American adults say they’re very happy, down from 31 who said the same in 2018.

That year, 23 percent said they’d often or sometimes felt isolated in recent weeks — less than half of the 50 percent who say that now.

The survey, conducted in late May, draws on nearly a half-century of research from the General Social Survey, which has collected data on American attitudes and behaviors at least every other year since 1972.

No less than 29 percent of Americans have ever called themselves very happy in that survey, which came following the 1960s riots, near-constant protests against the Vietnam War and as President Richard Nixon was about to face the fallout from the June 1972 Watergate break-in and subsequent cover-up. (Read more from “Poll Confirms U.S. Hasn’t Been This Bummed out in Nearly 50 Years” HERE)

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