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72% Americans Happy After Reopening – Gallup Poll

According to a new Gallup poll, 72% Americans (who participated in the survey) feel happy as states reopen.

The number increased five percentage points since last month. The poll also revealed 47% Americans feel worried about the current crisis, the number down from 59% last month.

Other factors, such as boredom and loneliness were also measured in the poll. While feeling of boredom is down to 41% from 47% last month, feelings of loneliness hold steady at 24%.

A direct poll is not the best tool to truly determine whether Americans are happy or not. However, such polls indicate if Americans are more or less happy with respect to the pandemic and its impact on them.

The poll also went on to study whether households with lower incomes are less happy in contrast to wealthier households. Only 56% of Americans in households with income below $36,000 are happy. Americans in this segment are also likely to be more worried.

The poll also reports a political divide amongst people who are happy and those who are not. Republicans are more likely to be happy when compared to Democrats. Democrats are also more likely to feel lonely and worried.

How Much Does a Poll Measuring Happy People Matter?

Polls measuring the percentage of happy people can help predict how things might move in different spheres of society. More happy people, especially as stay-at-home restrictions lift, can help things return back to a semblance of normalcy.

The economic and medical toll the pandemic is taking would naturally dishearten people. However, an increase in the percentage of happy people, as the poll shows, suggests people are ready to move on despite losses sustained.

Generally, a greater percentage of people feeling happy bodes well for those in power. Since President Trump is advocating for states to reopen, these numbers would validate his position further.

While states are reopening, the recovery of the economy is still far away. This is according to Federal Reserve Chairman Powell who thinks a full-scale recovery is not possible in 2020.

This poll, showing more Americans feeling happy, will likely serve as a good sign for the start of an economic recovery.

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Amelia David
Amelia has spent her adult life devoted to progressive policies. Her moment of inspiration came in 2011 during the Occupy Wall Street Movement. She has since devoted her writing talents to focus on how the oldest democracy in the world turned into an oligarchy.

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