May. 4, 2011

Section 4: The Recession, Economic Stress and Optimism

The Great Recession has had a major impact on certain segments of the political typology. The varying levels of financial stress that different groups face play a role in shaping their views on issues and policy debates. Beyond the recession’s tangible impact, there are differences in the economic outlook of different segments of the electorate. […]

Feb. 10, 2011

Section 2: National Economy, Personal Finances

The public’s views of national economic conditions are broadly negative. Nearly nine-in-ten call conditions either only fair (45%) or poor (42%), and just 12% describe them as excellent or good. While negative on balance, national economic ratings have shown modest signs of improvement. A year ago, 53% rated economic conditions as poor. The percentage saying […]

Apr. 28, 2009

Support for Free Trade Recovers Despite Recession

Despite the economic recession, public support for free trade agreements has recovered after declining a year ago. Currently, 44% say that free trade agreements like NAFTA and the policies of the World Trade Organization are good for the country, up from 35% a year ago. Slightly more than a third (35%) say that such […]

Feb. 12, 2009

Section 4: Views of the National Economy

National Economic Ratings Americans continue to offer overwhelmingly negative assessments of national economic conditions, and the percentage saying the nation’s economy is in poor shape has risen sharply in recent months. Fully 95% now give negative ratings of the economy, including 71% who describe current economic conditions as “poor” (another 24% say it is “only […]

Jul. 31, 2008

Inflation Staggers Public, Economy Still Seen as Fixable

The public continues to be extremely downbeat about the national economy. Just 10% say the economy is in good shape, while 72% say the economy is either in a recession (54%) or a depression (18%). On a personal level, concerns about rising prices have surged. Beyond widespread anxiety about energy costs, a growing number […]

Jan. 16, 1992

Americans want Bush call for Public Works/Job Program

Report Summary With the State of the Union Address days away, a majority of the American people (52 percent) want President George Bush to call for a public works program to put the unemployed back to work as their first choice to revitalize the economy. President Bush’s job approval rating continues to drop (46%) as […]

Dec. 4, 1991

On the Eve of ’92: Fault Lines In the Electorate

Report Summary Dissatisfaction with the way things are going in the country has now reached pre-Reagan economic recovery levels with over six in ten expressing fundamental discontent with the country’s course. Yet the President’s rating at 55% approve, 33% disapprove is at least as good if not better than that of recent GOP predecessors who […]