By Bernie Becker - 11/04/13 06:59 PM EST
Around three in five people in the U.S. are satisfied with their current income and their future prospects, according to new data from Gallup.
Those figures are roughly the same as what Gallup found when it first asked about those issues a half century ago.
People in the U.S. felt more confident on both current earnings and their future during the 1990s, Gallup found. Eight in 10 were satisfied with future prospects in February 1991, while seven in 10 were pleased with their income level in 1998.
On the flip side, people's confidence in the future took a severe dip in the early 1970s.
"Americans' satisfaction levels after a relatively brief spike have returned to where they were in 1963, a much different time in the U.S," Gallup wrote.
"The drop in these areas from their peaks in the 1980s and 1990s suggests that after a period of record economic prosperity in the U.S., Americans' feelings are now more aligned with a time before this mammoth economic expansion."
On a third issue – housing – 86 percent of people felt satisfied, an increase over last year and just shy of the best reading on record. That comes after the housing market became stronger in 2012.