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.
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.
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.
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.
A Nation of “Haves” and “Have-Nots”?
Over the past two decades, the number of Americans who see the country as divided along economic lines has increased sharply, and twice as many people now see themselves among the society’s “have-nots.”
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.
Trends in Political Values and Core Attitudes: 1987-2007
Increased public support for the social safety net, signs of growing public concern about income inequality, and a diminished appetite for assertive national security policies have improved the political landscape for the Democrats as the 2008 presidential campaign gets underway.
Maximum Support for Raising the Minimum
Republican or Democrat, rich or poor, north, east, south or west, the U.S. public says it’s time for a big boost for the lowest paid.
Beyond partisanship — and behind those healthy economic indicators — Americans may be seeing something that most economists overlook.