Americans who rate their mental health as ‘excellent’ remains at two decade low: poll

A new poll published Friday shows that the percentage of Americans who rate their mental health as “excellent” has remained low for two decades at 34 percent.

A Gallup poll revealed that 34 percent of Americans surveyed rated their mental health or emotional well-being as “excellent.” A similar survey conducted last year during this time found that the same percentage of Americans also rated their mental health in this way.

Comparing Friday’s survey responses with survey responses going back to 2001, Friday’s poll indicates that this mental health rating remains at the lowest level ever for Americans since 2001. In 2005, 42 percent of Americans rated their mental health on It is “excellent” – the next lowest percentage.

The survey found that there was a slight increase in the percentage of Americans who rated their mental health as “good.” The poll published Friday showed that 47 percent of Americans rated their emotional well-being as “good,” compared to 42 percent during the same period in 2020.

The Gallup poll also found that four percent of Americans rated their mental health as “poor,” compared to five percent in 2020. Americans who rated it “only fair” were 15 percent, compared to 18 percent last year.

The percentage of Americans who rated their physical health as “excellent” was also low two decades ago. A Gallup poll found that only 27 percent of Americans rated their physical health as “excellent,” compared to 29 percent last year.

The percentage of Americans who rated their physical health as “good” was 51 percent, “just fair” at 16 percent and “poor” at 6 percent.

The survey indicates that despite the vaccine being widely available, no severe restrictions on COVID-19 compared to what was imposed last year, and some returning to large gatherings and visits with family and friends, the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to negatively affect the well – Being an American.

It also comes amid a particularly difficult time as the US has imposed some travel restrictions amid the newly discovered omicron variant, of which few cases have already been detected in the country.

Gallup poll was conducted between November 1 – November. 16 with a random sample of 815 American adults living in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and the survey was conducted through telephone interviews. The margin of error for sampling increases or decreases by four percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level.

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