Americans are more unhappy today than they have been in almost 50 years, a new survey reveals, as the US grapples with the coronavirus pandemic. 

Just 14% of American adults say they are very happy today, according to COVID Response Tracking Study, by National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago.

In 2018, 31% said they were very happy.

As well, more people felt isolated with figures rising to 50% this year from 23% in 2018, given restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Lockdowns led to a drop in satisfaction with social activities and relationships amid the virus that has infected more than 2 million and killed 116,000 in the US since January.

“Fewer Americans have responded to the pandemic with negative emotional and physical symptoms compared to previous national tragedies, but more people say they have had an angry outburst following the outbreak,” according to the survey.

In addition, Americans are less optimistic today about their standard of living as only 42% of respondents believe when their children reach their age, their standard of living will be better.

Only 57% agreed with that statement in 2018.

A total of 2,279 adults were surveyed between May 21 and 29. The findings have a margin of plus or minus 2.9% error.

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