Apr. 9, 2008

Inside the Middle Class: Bad Times Hit the Good Life

A new Pew Social Trends study finds that fewer Americans now than at any time in the past half century believe they’re moving forward in life. But at the same time, two-thirds say they have a higher standard of living than their parents had.

U.S. Politics Mar. 27, 2008

Dismal Views of the National Economy : It’s the Inflation, Stupid

Public satisfaction with the state of the nation is about as low as it has been in 20 years of Pew polling; but optimism about the future rises somewhat.

Pew Research Center Mar. 19, 2008

States Besieged by Budget Woes

Already, 22 states have a collective budget shortfall of at least $37 billion; if the current slowdown follows the path of previous recessions, 35 to 40 states could face budget cuts in 2009.

U.S. Politics Mar. 17, 2008

Financial Woes Overshadow All Other Concerns For Journalists

A new survey of national and local reporters, producers, editors and executives finds soaring economic woes eclipse traditional worries about quality of coverage and credibility.

U.S. Politics Feb. 14, 2008

Economic Discontent Deepens As Inflation Concerns Rise

Public views of the U.S. economy, already quite negative, have plummeted since January. Just 17% currently rate the nation’s economy as excellent or good, down from 26% last month.

Pew Research Center Jan. 31, 2008

GOP Debate’s Economic Focus Mirrors Country’s Growing Concern

But candidates’ perceptions on economic growth and tax cuts diverge from overall public priorities.

U.S. Politics Jan. 24, 2008

Election-Year Economic Ratings Lowest Since ’92

Republicans and Democrats agree the economy should be a top priority for the president and Congress, but they differ more than ever on the importance of other domestic issues — such as global warming and health insurance for the uninsured.

Pew Research Center Dec. 7, 2007

States Take Lead in Housing Crisis

From establishing foreclosure hotlines to temporarily freezing sub-prime interest rates, states are at the forefront of policymaking to minimize damage from the mortgage meltdown.

Pew Research Center Oct. 10, 2007

The Precarious State of Statehouse Budgets

A slumping housing market and skimpier sales tax collections are busting budgets from California to Florida with national job growth sluggish and consumer confidence near a two-year low.

U.S. Politics Jun. 20, 2007

Are Americans out of Sync with Economic Reality?

Americans are far more optimistic than most real estate experts about the outlook for home prices but far more pessimistic than most economists and Wall Street watchers about the overall economic outlook.