Tennesseans see the glass half full – 86% say they are happy with their lives
Nearly 7 in 10 would stay “right here in Tennessee” if given a choice to move
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 25, 2016) – When asked to describe Tennesseans, what would you say? According to the results of the latest statewide poll released by polling company icitizen, Tennesseans are happy, optimistic and charitable.
“A strong majority (86%) agree that they are happy with their lives,” said icitizen Polling Analyst Cynthia Villacis, “with 78% also ‘optimistic about the future.’ According to the World Happiness Index, the US ranks thirteenth worldwide with a 7.1 happiness score out of a 10-point scale. Compared to this, Tennesseans are especially happy that prosperity is spreading throughout this city and the entire state.”
In terms of job satisfaction, most state residents are happily employed. Nearly 8 in 10 (78%) of Tennesseans disagree with the statement “I hate my job” (8% agree, 14% unsure). Sentiment is strong and consistent among gender, race, region and party lines. “Jobs and the economy” tops the list of issues facing voters in the state at 24%, and after assessing the state’s economy, 89% of voters rate the state economy as either “good” or “fair,” with 44% rating it “good.” This “good” rating is up seven points from our last Tennessee poll of registered voters in July.
“Results also show nearly 7 in 10 (69%) of Tennesseans agree that if given a choice to move to another state they would stay ‘right here in Tennessee,’” said Villacis. “This sentiment is strongest among seniors (76%) and those who are married (76%), showing people have loyalty to their roots and see Tennessee as a great place to raise their families. Even 61% of millennials (aged 18-34) would stay in the state if given the option to move. This bodes well for retaining young transplants as the state continues to attract new residents every day.”
Optimism about the state economy intensifies when voters were asked about their personal financial situation. A majority (58%) rate their own as “excellent/good.” Similarly, over three-quarters of voters (76%) feel “optimistic” about their family’s financial situation. This is a major 16-point jump since our last Tennessee poll in July. Over the past few months, voters show a greater overall rating for their personal financial situation. In July, 42% rated their own financial situation as “excellent/good.”
This positivity spills into other aspects of their lives, as 42% of Tennesseans report having devoted time to volunteer in the last 12 months. Among those who volunteer, 30% say they heard about volunteering and service opportunities through their church.
Methodology: The survey was conducted online from October 14-17, 2016 among registered Tennessee voters. In order to achieve an accurate demographic representation of the public, the data were weighted to U.S. Census and voter file benchmarks for gender, age, region, education, income, marital status and race. Party identification was not weighted. The margin of error for the full sample is +/- 4.4 percentage points, and is higher for subgroups.
For more information, contact icitizen’s Polling Analyst Cynthia Villacis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
icitizen is a nonpartisan, trusted resource that connects citizens to the information, organizations and elected representatives most relevant to them. Through icitizen, citizens easily promote and stay informed on important issues and vote in polls to create meaningful change. Anonymous poll results and public opinion data are shared with representatives, organizations, companies and other stakeholders to inform policy. Using representative sampling based on U.S. Census and voter file targets, icitizen’s polling services help policymakers drive sound, data-driven decisions.
icitizen is based in Nashville, Tenn., and the company’s polls have been featured in Fivethirtyeight, the New York Times and Huffington Post. For more information, visit icitizen.com.