U.S. Politics Jun. 19, 2009

Public More Optimistic About the Economy, But Still Reluctant to Spend

Increasingly, Americans express the view that the nation’s economy will improve in the next year, and a growing number also expect their personal finances to get better. But this has not caused people to open their wallets.

Pew Research Center Jun. 15, 2009

Recession Pounds States’ Budgets

Stateline.org’s legislative review finds state budgets in such dire straits that they are closing prisons in Colorado and Kansas, raising taxes on the rich in New York and even taxing bourbon in Kentucky — and the worst is yet to come.

U.S. Politics Jun. 5, 2009

Gen Next Squeezed By Recession, But Most See Better Times Ahead

While the economic downturn is falling quite heavily on younger Americans, their overall outlook remains optimistic. A new survey also finds Generation Next expressing more liberal views when compared with older age cohorts as well as evidence of increased political engagement.

U.S. Politics May. 21, 2009

Independents Take Center Stage in the Obama Era

Centrism has emerged as a dominant factor in public opinion as the Obama administration begins. Republicans and Democrats are even more divided than in the past, while the growing political middle is steadfastly mixed in its beliefs about government, the free market and other values that underlie views on contemporary issues and policies. Both political parties have lost adherents since the election and an increasing number of Americans identify as independents.

U.S. Politics Apr. 28, 2009

Support for Free Trade Recovers Despite Recession

Despite the economic recession, support for free trade agreements is up by nine percentage points — from 35% to 44% — putting positive opinions of trade back in line with long-term trends. People in low-income families and Democrats are much more supportive of trade now than they were a year ago.

U.S. Politics Apr. 2, 2009

Public Knows Basic Facts About Financial Crisis

High percentages of Americans know that the government assistance to banks is aimed at getting them to lend more money, not less money and that China is the foreign country holding the most U.S. government debt. Notably, more Americans know the current unemployment rate than the current level of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

Mar. 26, 2009

The Phantom Recovery

The eight-year period from 1999 through 2007 is the longest in modern U.S. economic history in which inflation-adjusted median household income failed to surpass an earlier peak.

Religion Mar. 4, 2009

In Mammon We Trust? Religions Agree Economy is Issue Number One

While members of all faiths see the economy as the top priority for 2009, they are not always in agreement on what issues the government should tackle. The divide is especially large on reducing crime and moral decline in America.

U.S. Politics Feb. 12, 2009

Jobs Worries Climb the Economic Ladder

For the public, the continuing financial crisis has been overtaken by a jobs crisis; the proportion citing jobs or unemployment as the nation’s most important economic problem has more than quadrupled to 42% since early October and concern about job loss has climbed steeply among affluent Americans.

Hispanic Feb. 12, 2009

Immigrant Latino Unemployment Rises Sharply

Job loss data reveal a rapidly worsening situation for foreign-born Hispanics, native-born Hispanics and blacks in the labor market.