Economic Insecurity in America, AEI Political Report December 2013

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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.
  • Fifty-four percent think the US economy is still in a recession. Only 2 percent think the job situation has fully recovered from 2008.

 

Economic Insecurity in America, AEI Political Report December 2013 by American Enterprise Institute

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Karlyn
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  • Karlyn Bowman compiles and analyzes American public opinion using available polling data on a variety of subjects, including the economy, taxes, the state of workers in America, environment and global warming, attitudes about homosexuality and gay marriage, NAFTA and free trade, the war in Iraq, and women's attitudes. In addition, Ms. Bowman has studied and spoken about the evolution of American politics because of key demographic and geographic changes. She has often lectured on the role of think tanks in the United States and writes a weekly column for Forbes.com.
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  • Jennifer K. Marsico is a senior research associate at AEI, working in the Political Corner. Her research focuses on elections and election reform, as well as government continuity issues. She is a visiting fellow at the Independent Women's Forum. She is also a contributor to the AEIdeas blog, and has also written for many outside print and online publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, and Roll Call. Ms. Marsico serves as assistant director of the AEI-Brookings Continuity of Government Commission, and has contributed to recent studies on Supreme Court continuity, voter registration modernization, and civic participation in the digital age.

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