Oct. 23, 2008

Republicans: Still Happy Campers

Despite the imploding stock market, the looming recession, the unpopular president and discouraging political polls, a new Social Trends survey finds GOP adherents still beat Democrats on the happiness scale.

Oct. 6, 2008

Middle Class, By the Numbers

The plight of Middle Americans has been much invoked by candidates from both parties this election year. Who are these folk? Here’s a self-portrait painted in statistics.

Jul. 29, 2008

America’s Four Middle Classes

The Top of the Class, the Satisfied Middle, the Anxious Middle and the Struggling Middle – what unites and divides the majority of Americans who call themselves “middle class.”

Jun. 25, 2008

Baby Boomers: The Gloomiest Generation

Today, in their early 40s to early 60s, boomers are more prosperous than any other age group. Their tastes still rule the world. Yet this privileged and pampered generation is the most downbeat in America.

May. 29, 2008

The Middle Class Blues: Pricey Neighborhoods, High Stress

When it comes to anxiety about family finances, an old truism applies: Where you stand depends on where you sit. Or, more precisely, on where your house or apartment sits.

May. 13, 2008

Feeling Guilty: Americans Say They Aren’t Saving Enough

Most Americans at every income level and in every demographic group worry they aren’t putting enough aside for the future — but they’re apparently not worried enough to do much about it, a new survey finds.

Apr. 30, 2008

Who Wants To Be Rich?

Anyone who thinks that Americans worship at the feet of the almighty dollar should ask the American public. In fact, a new Social Trends survey finds only 13% of adults say it’s “very important” for them to be wealthy, ranking this personal priority far behind six others measured.

Apr. 16, 2008

You’re Laid Off

At a time when the U.S. economy is faltering, one out of every seven U.S. workers — especially those who have already hit hard times in the recent past — fear they will be laid off in the next 12 months.

Jan. 31, 2008

Do Blacks and Hispanics Get Along?

In general the nation’s two largest minorities think well of each other, but there are some important differences, a Pew survey finds.

Jan. 17, 2008

Race, Ethnicity and Campaign ’08

Race, ethnicity and politics can sometimes make for a volatile mix, but a poll finds that race relations in this country are on a pretty even keel.