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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Chart of the Week: Where the loss of unemployment benefits will hit
A map from the Washington Post shows the states where the expiration of unemployment benefits on Saturday will have the most impact.
Public Resists Entitlement Cuts in Deficit Debate
Majorities of Americans say it is more important to maintain spending on Social Security and Medicare and programs to help the poor than to take steps to reduce the budget deficit.
No Improvement in Public’s Views of Economic News
As the Federal Reserve meets to discuss whether to keep up its $85-billion-a-month bond-buying program, the public’s perceptions of recent economic news have shown little change.
Holiday shopping: Love it or hate it, more do it online
Half of Americans say they dread holiday shopping.
Chart of the Week: Inflation and unemployment through the decades
A look at 80+ years of economic history shows a complicated relationship between inflation and unemployment.
Despite Challenges, Africans Are Optimistic about the Future
Even though many in Africa continue to face serious financial adversity, their economic outlook is more positive than many others around the world, and they are hopeful about their children’s future.
Chart of the Week: An all-encompassing view of the recovery
The state of the U.S. recovery, in one chart.
Millennials still lag in forming their own households
Though the nation is officially four years into “economic recovery,” a new Pew Research Center analysis of recently released Census data suggests that most Millennials are still not setting out on their own.
Partisans Dug in on Budget Impasse
44% of Americans say that Republican leaders should agree to a budget deal without cuts or delays to the 2010 health care law, while 42% say it is Obama who should agree to cuts or delays in the law.
Without government data, an alternative employment report
ADP’s monthly report on nonfarm private-sector payrolls is a reasonable alternative to the Bureau of Labor Statistics during the government shutdown.