March 1, 1989

The People, the Press & Politics: Public Opinion About Economic Issues

Viewpoints of the General Public, U.S. Opinion Leaders, and Overseas Investors

Report Summary

Public perceptions and priorities are changing as the new administration begins its effort to deal with the nation’s economic problems. This new Times Mirror survey identifies five important elements of public opinion that have significant implications for economic policy alternatives. These trends and dispositions emerge from an analysis of the findings of 2000 in-depth personal interviews with a representative national sample of adults, as well as from interviews with 150 American opinion leaders and 100 overseas investors from: the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Canada and Japan. The survey is the largest ever undertaken to solicit the public’s views on economic policy.