Americans sure are unhappy.
As 2020 continues to shape up to be a nightmare of a year due in large part to the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans’ happiness is low — really low — and at a five-decade low despite most saying they are satisfied with their current financial standing, according to a new survey.
A new poll from NORC at the University of Chicago found that only 14% of people said they felt very happy, which was an all-time low since the ongoing project started since 1972.
Surprisingly, people’s satisfaction with their family’s financial situation (80%) recorded at an all-time high, according to the study.
In previous studies, no less than 29% of respondents called themselves very happy, the survey said.
How the coronavirus pandemic is shaping Americans’ moods is interesting when compared to national tragedies. Fewer Americans reported crying or feeling dazed during COVID-19 compared to John F. Kennedy’s assignation in 1963 and the 9/11 terrorist attacks, including more Americans feel depressed now compared to 9/11 (38% vs. 33%).
More Americans reported feeling anxious, depressed, or irritable today compared to two years ago.
In addition, social distancing measures that were implemented to help stop the spread of COVID-19 have made people feel isolated. From the study:
With many social distancing guidelines in place, about twice as many Americans report feeling isolated at least sometimes compared to two years ago (50% vs. 23%). Since 2018, fewer people are also now satisfied with their social relationships, and more are reporting a fair or poor ability to carry out their social activities.
The survey included responses from more than 2,220 American adults and was conducted in May.