Volume 6, Issue 5 • May 2010
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THE ECONOMYRecession Effects
In this issue of
, we look at opinions about the Supreme Court, oil companies, immigration, and more. Allof these issues are attracting substantial public attention, but worries about the economy are still dominating concernson Main Street. There is substantial anxiety about a variety of day-to-day concerns such as having enough money to pay normal monthly bills and being able to pay the rent or mortgage. More people are saying that they will delay their retire-ment past age 65, and more are saying that they will have to rely on Social Security and not private sources of retirementincome. We also look at the pain of prolonged unemployment.
Q: What do you think is . . . ?
The most important problem facing this country today
(Top 5, volunteered responses)
May 2010 May 2009
Economy in general 26% 47%Unemployment 22 14Poor health care/hospitals;high cost of health care 15 9Dissatisfaction with government/ Congress/politicians; Poor leadership;corruption; Abuse of power 12 8Immigration/illegal aliens 10 2
Source: The Gallup Organization, latest that of May 2010.
Q: Do you think . . . ?
The nation’s economy is getting better 49%Getting worse 37Staying about the same (vol.) 11
Note: The University of Michigan’s survey of consumer confidenceshows a preliminary May 2010 rating of 72.2, up from 68.7 in May 2009.Source: Fox News/Opinion Dynamics, May 2010.
Q: For you and your family, does it . . . ?
Feels like the economy is getting betterfor you and your family 36%Getting worse 38Staying the same (vol.) 24
Source: Fox News/Opinion Dynamics, May 2010.
Q: Thinking of the last six months—that is, since November of last year—have . . . ?
I or someone in my family has lost a jobin the last six months as a result ofeconomic conditions 29%Has not 69
Note: In May 2009, those responses were 28 and 70 percent,respectively.Source: AP-GfK/Roper, latest that of May 2010.
Q: And thinking of the last six months—that is, sinceNovember of last year—has . . . ?
Someone I know personallyother than a family memberhas lost a job in the last six months 63%Has not 36
Note: In May 2009, those responses were 60 and 39 percent,respectively.Source: AP-GfK/Roper, latest that of May 2010.
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