The Compassionate, Happy, Upbeat American

Despite signs of an ugly national mood, a majority of Americans embrace the positive labels of “compassionate,” “happy” and “optimistic.” We break down findings by age, gender, income and marital status.

In a key section of the study, we asked Americans to look at 10 different characteristics or labels and indicate (on a 1-10 scale) how much the labels applied to them.

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