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Economic Insecurity: Americans’ Concerns about their Jobs, Personal Finances, Retirement, Health Costs, Housing, and More

Economic Insecurity: Americans’ Concerns about their Jobs, Personal Finances, Retirement, Health Costs, Housing, and More

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In this AEI Public Opinion Study, we bring together existing questions from many pollsters about the subjects described in the title above to get a sense of how anxious or economically insecure Americans feel.

We look here at what people say about their own lives and those of their friends and family, and not at what people say about “most Americans” or “Americans in general.” We give substantial weight to what people say about their own situations, which we feel they know best.
In this AEI Public Opinion Study, we bring together existing questions from many pollsters about the subjects described in the title above to get a sense of how anxious or economically insecure Americans feel.

We look here at what people say about their own lives and those of their friends and family, and not at what people say about “most Americans” or “Americans in general.” We give substantial weight to what people say about their own situations, which we feel they know best.

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Published by: American Enterprise Institute on Dec 11, 2013
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Economic Insecurity: Americans
 Concerns about their Jobs, Personal Finances, Retirement, Health Costs, Housing, and More
Compiled by Karlyn Bowman, Resident Fellow, AEI and Andrew Rugg, Research Assistant (Updated December 2013)
In this AEI Public Opinion Study, we bring together existing questions from many pollsters about the subjects described in the title above to get a sense of how anxious or economically insecure Americans feel. We look here at what people say about their own lives and those of their friends and family, and not at what people say abo
ut “most Americans” or “Americans in general.” We give substantial
weight to what people say about their own situations, which we feel they know best.
 
AEI Public Opinion Studies
 
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Job Anxiety
 Recent polls show that views about the job situation have picked up slightly in 2013, although they remain generally below pre-recession levels. CBS News and
The New York Times
 ask if respondents are concerned that they or a family member could be out of work and looking for a job in the next twelve months. Since the 2008  financial crisis, those saying they are "very concerned" has fluctuated between 30 and 40  percent. In the latest poll, taken June 2013, 32 percent gave that response. In April 2013, 18  percent told Gallup it was very or fairly likely that they would lose their job or be laid off in the next 12 months.  In April 2013, 24 percent told ABC and
Washington Post
 pollsters that there are "plenty of jobs available in your community." The response rate represents an improvement from late 2008 through early 2012, when responses hung around the mid-to-low teens. But it's still not as high as pre-recession responses, which hovered in 30 to 40 percent range. Concerns about reductions in benefits tend to be stronger than concern over a loss of employment. In Gallup's August 2013 poll, 29 percent said they were worried about being laid off. Forty-three percent said they were worried about their benefits being reduced.  In this section, we also explore questions that ask about job security. People are more comfortable with their own job security than the broader job climate. In Gallup's latest asking, 49 percent were completely satisfied and 34 percent were somewhat satisfied with their job  security. There are only a handful of questions that ask about people's individual concerns about outsourcing. What data we do have suggestions that people are not at all worried. In 2012, 11  percent of employed adults said they were worried that "your company will move jobs to countries overseas."
 
Thinking about the next 12 months, how likely is it that you will lose your job or be laid off
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 very likely, fairly likely, not too likely or not at all likely? Very Fairly Not too Not at all likely likely likely likely Jan.
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Feb. 1975 Gallup 3% 10% 28% 55% Apr. 1975 Gallup 5 8 22 63  Nov. 1979 Gallup 3 8 18 66 May 1980 Gallup 6 8 24 60 Sep. 1980 Gallup 6 9 24 60 Jun. 1982 Gallup 7 7 28 54  Nov. 1982 Gallup 9 9 28 49 Apr. 1983 Gallup 8 8 26 55 Feb. 1989 Gallup 4 8 35 53 Jul. 1990 Gallup 6 6 24 62 Mar. 1991 Gallup 5 7 22 65 Jul. 1991 Gallup 6 10 25 59 Oct. 1991 Gallup 6 10 25 59 Dec. 1993 Gallup 5 7 27 60

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