Public opinion on the economy and Obama’s handling of it
Strengthening the economy has been one of the public’s top priorities for the president and Congress going back even before the Great Recession. Here are key takeaways from our surveys on the state of public opinion about the economy.
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Negative Views of New Congress Cross Party Lines
The new Republican-led Congress is drawing harsh reviews from the public. Just 23% of Americans say congressional Republicans are keeping the promises they made during last fall’s campaign.
For young Americans, unemployment returns to pre-recession levels
More than half (50.9%) of the nation’s nearly 8 million unemployed for April are ages 16 to 34 – even though that group makes up just over a third of the civilian labor force.
Stock market leads recovery, but inflation cuts into gains
Americans recognize stocks as the feature of the economy that’s recovered the most strongly from the Great Recession. But inflation means the market’s gains aren’t quite as robust as they might first appear.
Jobs situation looks brighter as employers seek to fill more positions
There were 1.8 unemployed people per job opening in January, another indicator of the improving jobs situation.
Views of Government Policies Since Start of Great Recession
Majorities say that post-recession policies have helped large banks, large corporations and the wealthy, but not small businesses, the middle class or the poor.
Political Discontent in Emerging, Developing Nations
A median of 52% across 31 emerging and developing nations surveyed are dissatisfied with their political system, with Middle Easterners and Latin Americans voicing the greatest displeasure.
Views of Job News Turn More Positive Over Past Year
For the first time since the end of the recession in 2009, a greater share of the public is hearing mostly good news (28%) than bad news (22%) about the job situation.
More openings and hires give Americans reason for greater job optimism
As openings and new hires hit levels not seen in years, more Americans say they’re hearing mostly good news about the jobs situation.
Four signs of the improving U.S. jobs situation
The unemployment rate may get most of the attention, but why people are unemployed, and how long they’ve been out of work, can be just as telling about the state of the economy.
America’s ‘middle’ holds its ground after the Great Recession
The share of Americans who live in middle-income households has held steady since 2010 – a flat trend that might actually be good news.