Poll results Americans can feel good about


WASHINGTON -- Americans feel almost as good as last year about their lives and significantly better than two years ago, the annual Harris "feel good" poll reported yesterday.

The Harris "feel good index" is 74 percent, down from 75 percent last year and up from 68 percent two years ago. The biggest increases from two years ago came in the category of optimism about the economy, which rose to 68 percent from 40 percent in 1997.

Ninety-six percent said they feel good about their relations with their families, 94 percent are satisfied with the quality of their lives, 92 percent like their homes, 90 percent are happy with their health, and 87 percent are happy with their standard of living. Americans are most dissatisfied with the morals and values of the nation, in general, to which only 36 percent of those polled responded positively.

The telephone poll surveyed 1,010 adults nationally between May 14-19.

Pub Date: 6/10/99

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