gallup_well-being1011According to Gallup: "Fewer Americans had access to basic life necessities in September. The nation's Basic Access Index score fell to 81.4 last month -- on par with the 81.5 measured in February and March 2009 amid the recession. Americans' access to basic necessities has never fully recovered after declining amid the 2008 to 2009 financial crisis and has declined further since February of this year. Still, the current 81.4 Basic Access Index score means that the majority of Americans do have access to basic life necessities. These findings are based on more than 29,000 interviews conducted each month from January 2008 through September 2011 with American adults as a part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index." Read More ...