Washington, DC, May 20, 2022 – Ipsos polling finds that many Americans feel good about their life and mood, though fewer feel positively about society. Even as people remain pessismistic about the world at large, many have done things for their mental wellbeing, like eating with friends or family and going out of their way to help others or spend time in nature. During the pandemic, Americans shifted how they spent their time and many had major life events happen. Through it all, finding habits and routines has helped many keep their balance.
- When asked in February, two in three American have felt happy almost every day in the past month, unchanged from when the question was last asked in April 2021.Three in four felt interested in life during the same period.
- Fewer felt that they had something important to contribute to society (47%) or felt like they belonged to a community (41%). Fewer still believe that our society is a good place, or is becoming a better place, for all people (21%). Similarly, one in five (22%) feel that the way our society works makes sense to people.
- Most Americans (78%) made a point to eat meals with their family and friends in the past month, and eat healthy (73%). Most also went out of their way to help others and sepnt time in nature.
- Because of the pandemic, many Americans shifted how they spend their time.
- Over the course of the pandemic, Americans reported spending extra time with their pets (28%), more time in nature (26%), and more time exercising on their own (25%).
- Over that same period, people report decreasing the amount of time they spend practicing moments of prayer, meditation, or mindfulness (21%). People report decreasing the amount of time they spend with a civic group or social community (17%), a religious or spiritual community (16%), and reconnecting with old friends or family members (15%).
- Americans have experienced many big life changes since the start of the pandemic.
- Half of people (52%) report someone in their family or close friends dying since the start of the pandemic.
- One in three report that someone in their family or close circles of friends had a child (36%) or got married (31%).
- One in five report that someone in their household temporarily lost a job due to the pandemic.
- Through all this change, most Americans report finding habits and routines to keep their balance (79%) and developing effective coping mechanisms to get them through the pandemic (75%). Half report (49%) feeling really up and down during the course of the pandemic.
About the Study
This poll was conducted February 11-13, 2022, by Ipsos using the probability-based KnowledgePanel®. This poll is based on a nationally representative probability sample of 1,024 general population adults age 18 or older.
The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3.3 percentage points at the 95% confidence level, for results based on the entire sample of adults. The margin of sampling error takes into account the design effect, which was 1.17. The margin of sampling error is higher and varies for results based on other sub-samples. In our reporting of the findings, percentage points are rounded off to the nearest whole number. As a result, percentages in a given table column may total slightly higher or lower than 100%. In questions that permit multiple responses, columns may total substantially more than 100%, depending on the number of different responses offered by each respondent.
The survey was conducted using KnowledgePanel, the largest and most well-established online probability-based panel that is representative of the adult US population. Our recruitment process employs a scientifically developed addressed-based sampling methodology using the latest Delivery Sequence File of the USPS – a database with full coverage of all delivery points in the US. Households invited to join the panel are randomly selected from all available households in the U.S. Persons in the sampled households are invited to join and participate in the panel. Those selected who do not already have internet access are provided a tablet and internet connection at no cost to the panel member. Those who join the panel and who are selected to participate in a survey are sent a unique password-protected log-in used to complete surveys online. As a result of our recruitment and sampling methodologies, samples from KnowledgePanel cover all households regardless of their phone or internet status and findings can be reported with a margin of sampling error and projected to the general population.
The data were weighted to adjust for gender by age, race/ethnicity, education, Census region, metropolitan status, household income, race/ethnicity by gender, race/ethnicity by age, and race/ethnicity by education. The demographic benchmarks came from the 2021 March supplement of the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey (CPS). The weighting categories were as follows:
- Gender (Male, Female) by Age (18–29, 30-44, 45-59 and 60+)
- Race/Hispanic Ethnicity (White Non-Hispanic, Black Non-Hispanic, Other or 2+ Races Non-Hispanic, Hispanic)
- Education (High School graduate or less, Some College, Bachelor and beyond)
- Census Region (Northeast, Midwest, South, West)
- Metropolitan status (Metro, non-Metro)
- Household Income (Under $25,000, $25,000-$49,999, $50,000-$74,999, $75,000-$99,999, $100,000-$149,999, $150,000+)
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