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Poll: More Than Half Say Happiness Affected by Who Is President

Poll: More Than Half Say Happiness Affected by Who Is President
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By    |   Monday, 05 February 2018 02:04 PM

Fifty-two percent of Americans said their overall happiness is affected at least "a fair amount" by the person who is serving as president, according to a Gallup poll released on Monday.

Twenty-two percent said their overall happiness was affected "a great deal" by who is president, while 30 percent said "a fair amount." Thirty-one percent said their overall happiness was affected only "a little bit" by who is serving in the White House, while 17 said "not at all."

Other highlights from the survey included:

  • A solid majority of Americans also said their optimism about the future of the country and confidence that they can maintain or improve their standard of living is affected at least "a fair amount" by who is president.
  • The only category in which a majority, 57 percent, said they were affected only a little (24 percent) or not at all (33 percent) by who was serving in the White House was their relationships with other people.
  • The presidency also has a relatively strong effect on how much one is involved with public affairs. Forty-five percent said the person serving as president affects their interest in current events a great deal, while 23 percent said a fair amount, 21 percent only a little and 10 percent not at all. 

These results are based on a poll taken between Jan. 23 to 28 asking how much "the person who is serving as president" affects seven different aspects of their lives. The question is not specific to President Donald Trump but instead states, "regardless of who happens to be president."

The survey was based on telephone interviews, with a random sample of 809 adults, aged 18 and older. For results based on the total sample of national adults, the margin of sampling error is plus or minus 4 percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level. All reported margins of sampling error include computed design effects for weighting.

Each sample of national adults includes a minimum quota of 70 percent cellphone respondents and 30 percent landline respondents, with additional minimum quotas by time zone within region. Landline and cellular telephone numbers are selected using random-digit-dial methods.

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