Black America is Happier Than You
Numbers say Blacks are generally satisfied with life, are you?
African Americans are generally satisfied with their lives overall, but concerns for the future are still present, according to poll conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Harvard School of Public Health.
Will all the optimists please stand up?
The results showed about 53 percent of Blacks surveyed said their lives have gotten better in recent years, while ten percent said its gotten worse. A whopping 86 percent said they are content with their lives, while 48 percent said they are very satisfied with their current situation.
Let’s keep the momentum going.
Over half of Blacks said they are financially better off than their parents were at their age, but one in seven said they are worse off. Also nearly half of employed African Americans said they are concerned about losing their jobs within the next year.
Hmm, how can we change this?
In terms of health, high blood pressure, stroke and diabetes are top health concerns for the African American community. Also, about half of them are not confident that they could pay for medical expenses.
Physical activity should be implemented in daily routines in order to maintain overall wellness. Yoga anyone?
Looking into the African Americans personal lives, the poll also mentions 82 percent of Blacks are happy in the area they live and mentioned crime as a top issue in their communities. Another main concern was access to health food.
In a love-related breakdown, Black men are 43 percent more likely to say they are looking for a long-term relationship versus 25 percent from their female counterpart.
Also, one-third of Blacks surveyed said they have experienced some sort of racism at least a few times a year.
The poll results is a launching point for the NPR series, “The View from Black America,” where the news outlet will explore how Blacks see themselves in a changing country. Stories will air all week.
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