Seven in Ten Americans Say an Isolated Cabin With No Internet Seems Like the Perfect Lifestyle

Many have said it and many more have thought it and seven in ten Americans (69%) say that sometimes, an isolated cabin in the woods without internet and cable TV seems like the perfect lifestyle. And, why? Well, almost nine in ten (87%) say this is one of the most divisive times in the United States in their lifetime. This doesn’t change much by age… nine in ten of those 18-35 years old (90%) and 45-54 years old (89%) feel this way as do almost nine in ten of those 35-44 years old (86%) and 55 and older (86%). This is from a survey conducted of 1,082 U.S. adults, 18 and older between October 18 and 21, 2018.


When compared to last year, half of Americans (49%) say their life in general is better while over one-third (36%) say it’s about the same and almost half say their personal financial situation is better (47%) while over one-third (37%) say it’s about the same. Over two in five (42%) say things in the country in general are better than last year while one-quarter (25%) say it’s about the same and two in five (40%) say their levels of stress are better while almost two in five (38%) say it’s about the same.


One big difference in all these is the gender divide. Men are more likely than women to say their life in general (56% vs. 42%), their financial situation (56% vs. 38%), things in the country (51% vs. 34%) and their levels of stress (48% vs. 33%) are better than they were last year. Two in four women (39%) say things in the country are worse compared to one-quarter (26%) of men.


Some of the reason for that isolated cabin may be seven in ten Americans (70%) find they pay attention to political issues more today than they have in the past. Half of Americans (51%), however, have stopped paying attention to political issues because it was getting overwhelming, yet it seems that some information is getting through.


Through it all, there is a positive. In the past month, three in five Americans (61%) have felt happiness often, two in five (41%) contentment and almost two in five (37%) joy. While over one-third (36%) have felt sadness often in the past month, smaller numbers have felt anger (26%), disgust (21%) and rage (12%).

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