In One Chart: Americans are ‘thriving’ in record numbers, poll shows — thanks, Obama?

When President Barack Obama took office in January of 2009, less than half of the U.S. adults polled considered themselves to be “thriving.” Eight years later, that number has risen to 55.4%, putting this year firmly on track for the highest level since Gallup and Healthways began tracking it.

In the year that followed George W. Bush’s eight-year stint in the White House, the percentage of “thriving” adults jumped from 48.9% to 53.2%. It held steady there until it broke through the 54% level for the first time in 2014.

Gallup measures the results by asking poll respondents to rate their lives and expectations for the future on a zero-to-10 scale.

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