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Residents in Hawaii, Utah and South Dakota were most likely to say that they are "thriving" through the first half of 2012, according to a new Gallup poll, while those in West Virginia, Maine and Delaware were least likely to feel that way.
On a scale of "thriving" to "struggling" to "suffering", nearly 62 percent of Hawaiians said they were thriving right now, the highest mark in the country. Utah, South Dakota, Maryland and Texas rounded out the top five, in that order.
West Virginia had the fewest respondents who said they were thriving, 42.3 percent. Less than 50 percent of those living in Maine, Delaware, Nevada and Oregon also responded as feeling like they were thriving, the lowest percentages in the nation.
Nationwide, 53.6 percent of Americans said they were thriving, up from 52.5 percent in 2011 and 48.9 percent in 2008. The findings were based on surveys of more than 175,000 U.S. adults from January to June 2012.
Gallup's authors noted that this poll's results, based on more generalized feelings of well-being, largely coincided with the polling agency's findings last week on which states would have the best future livability. That poll's results were based on more precise metrics, such as economic confidence and health behaviors.