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The Share of Americans Feeling Positive Starts 2023 At Tracking High

Updated: Jan. 27, 2023 | By Justine Coleman

As of Oct. 28, 2022, this chart has been updated using Morning Consult’s archives, which resulted in minor rounding discrepancies related to historical data produced before April 3, 2022.
This chart shows the combined average share of adults who say they feel positive emotions (happy, energized, content and optimistic) and negative emotions (angry, anxious, tired, sad and scared).

 

On a weekly basis, Morning Consult asks a nationally representative sample of U.S. adults whether they are happy, angry, tired, optimistic, scared and a range of other emotions. This dataset, which will be released on a monthly basis, provides real-time insight into the shifting mood of the country, including breakdowns by age, gender, class and politics. The latest results have a margin of error of 2 percentage points and are based on a survey conducted Jan. 19-21, 2023, among 2,212 U.S. adults.

 

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Methodology

This tracker is based on a weekly survey that measures the emotions of U.S. adults, providing real-time insight into the country’s shifting mood. The survey also asks adults to gauge their optimism about the future — theirs, the country’s and the world’s. The latest survey was conducted Jan. 19-21, 2023, among a representative sample of 2,212 U.S. adults, with an unweighted margin of error of +/-2 percentage points.

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Special thanks to Sarah Green and Peyton Shelburne for their assistance with this project.

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