Download PDF For many Americans, decisions about which bills they can pay are an all-too-familiar part of daily life today. Five years after the financial crisis and four years into a recovery, economic concerns remain at elevated levels. This issue of Political Report explores the many sources that contribute to today’s heightened sense of economic insecurity.
- Thirty-one percent of Americans report that they worry about their wages being reduced. Forty-three percent worry about their benefits being cut. Both responses remain high since the financial crisis.
- Fifteen percent say that they've been laid off or lost a job in the past year, and 67 percent say that jobs are difficult to find where they live.
- Forty-seven percent tell pollsters that they have just enough income to meet their bills and obligations. Only 25 percent say they can save and buy extras.
- Sixty-one percent of nonretired adults are worried about having enough money for retirement.
- Fifty-four percent think the US economy is still in a recession. Only 2 percent think the job situation has fully recovered from 2008.
- Sixty-five percent disapprove of the way President Obama is handling the economy.
- Around 20 percent of Americans are really struggling to make ends meet today, based on our review of the polls.