Tracking the Emotional State of Americans

Updated: June 24, 2022 | By Sarah Green, Peyton Shelburne and Justine Coleman

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 June 16-20, 2022, among 2,210 U.S. adults.

 

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A Record Share of Adults Report Feeling Tired
The share of U.S. adults who said that the following described their personal mood either “very well” or “somewhat well”:

Positive Emotions: Millennials Report Feeling the Most Energized and Optimistic
The shares of respondents who said that the following described their personal mood “very well” or “somewhat well”:

Negative Emotions: Younger Generations Report Feeling More Sad, Anxious and Angry
The shares of respondents who said that the following described their personal mood “very well” or “somewhat well”:

Optimism for the Future of the U.S. Falls to a New Tracking Low
The share of U.S. adults who said that they were “very optimistic” or “somewhat optimistic” about the following:

Optimism for the U.S. Hits New Lows Among Republicans, Women and Boomers
The shares of U.S. adults who said that they were “very optimistic” or “somewhat optimistic” about the future of the United States:

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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 June 16-20, 2022, among a representative sample of 2,210 U.S. adults, with an unweighted margin of error of +/-2 percentage points.

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