4/14: The Tax Man Cometh… Nearly One in Four Waits to File Tax Returns

April 14, 2014 by  
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The clock is counting down for Americans to file their taxes.  But, how many adults nationally wait until the April 15th deadline to submit their returns?  While 76% of residents file their tax returns before the deadline, 24% wait until the very end to submit them. Click Here for Complete April 14, 2014 McClatchy-Marist Poll Release and Tables POLL MUST BE SOURCED: McClatchy-Marist Poll “People who are expecting to get money back are more eager to file earlier,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion.  “Those who have to write another check... 

2/14:Is the American Dream Still Attainable?

February 14, 2014 by  
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Close to seven in ten Americans think people who work hard still have a hard time maintaining their standard of living and cannot get ahead.  Most say there are different rules for the well-connected, and a majority of Americans believes government policies put the middle class at a disadvantage.  Americans expect to work harder to achieve their goals and believe the same goes for future generations.  More than six in ten are calling on the federal government to increase the minimum wage and provide job training and education. Click Here for Complete February 14, 2014 USA McClatchy-Marist Poll... 

2/13: McClatchy-Marist Poll

Can U.S. residents achieve the American Dream?  Find out in the latest national McClatchy-Marist Poll. To read the full McClatchy article, click here.  Read More →

2/5: Millions of Americans Having Financial Difficulty, but Optimism about the Future Grows

February 5, 2014 by  
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Millions of Americans are having trouble making ends meet.  Close to four in ten adults nationally — 37% — describe the state of their household finances as either weak — 17% — or somewhat weak — 20%.  That 17% of adults translates into approximately 41 million Americans who are struggling to get by.  This compares with more than six in ten adults — 63% — who say their financial situation is either strong — 24% — or somewhat strong — 39%. Click Here for Complete February 5, 2014 USA NBC News/Marist Poll Release and Tables “Despite... 

12/16: Holiday Spending… It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Last Year

December 16, 2013 by  
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The hope that an improving economy would spur holiday shopping does not seem to be materializing.   A majority of Americans who buy holiday presents — 52% — believe they will spend about the same amount on their shopping as they did last year.  Only 10% say they plan to spend more money this year, and nearly four in ten — 38% — think they will spend less.  These results are almost identical to last year.  When Marist reported this question in 2012, 51% said they would spend about the same amount as the year before, 12% said they were going to spend more on their gifts,... 

7/23: 54% Still Think U.S. is in a Recession

While a majority of U.S. adults still believe the nation’s economy is in a recession, the proportion of Americans who have this opinion has been steadily declining since September 2011.  In fact, the 54% of residents who currently perceive the country to be in a recession is the lowest proportion of Americans who have held this view since 2008. ©istockphoto.com/AlexKalina Click Here for Complete July 23, 2013 USA McClatchy-Marist Poll Release and Tables POLL MUST BE SOURCED:  McClatchy-Marist Poll* “Americans are slowly but surely improving their economic outlook,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff,... 

3/8: More View NYS Economy as Getting Worse, Fewer See It Improving

Although a majority of New York State voters — 53% — think the state’s economy is staying about the same as it has been, there has been an uptick in the proportion of voters who think it is getting worse and a drop in the proportion who believe it is getting better.  Nearly three in ten — 29% — say the state’s economy is getting worse, and 18% report it is getting better. Click Here for Complete March 8, 2013 NYS Marist Poll Release and Tables “The sluggish economy continues to impact New Yorkers,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist College Institute... 

12/14: More than One in Ten Holiday Shoppers Spending More this Holiday Season

December 14, 2012 by  
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While 51% of Americans who spend money on holiday shopping say they expect to dish out about the same amount of money as they did last year, there has been both an uptick in those who expect to spend more this holiday season and a decline in the proportion who say they will spend less.  12% of holiday shoppers plan to spend more money this year which is the highest in more than a decade.  Last year, only 7% of holiday shoppers were poised to increase their spending.  There has also been a slight decrease in the proportion of those who plan to spend less.  37% say they will decrease their expenditures... 

4/19: Nearly Eight in Ten New York Drivers Feel Pinch at the Pump

April 19, 2012 by  
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The higher cost of gasoline has created increased financial strain for New York State drivers.  According to this NY1/YNN-Marist Poll, 78% of New Yorkers with gasoline expenses report the increased cost has put, at least, a moderate amount of strain on their family budget.  This includes 36% who say it has added a great deal of strain and 42% who feel a moderate amount of financial stress.  12% report gas prices have not added very much strain to their personal finances while 10% say it has added no stress at all. Click Here for Complete Thursday, April 19, 2012 NYS NY1/YNN-Marist Poll Release... 

4/18: Guarded Optimism about NYS Economy Remains

Has the New York State economy turned the economic corner?  A slim majority of registered voters in New York — 51% — believe the worst of the state’s economic conditions are over.  44% say the worst is still to come, and 5% are unsure. Click Here for Complete April 18, 2012 NYS NY1/YNN-Marist Poll Release and Tables There has been little change on this question since NY1/YNN-Marist’s January survey when 52% of voters reported the worst of New York’s tough economic times were behind us, 44% thought there was more bad economic news ahead, and 5% were unsure. “Although New Yorkers... 

4/13: Forget the Mattress! More than One in Four Americans “Freeze” Their Assets

April 13, 2012 by  
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With the clock ticking down to Tax Day, money is on the minds of many Americans.  When it comes to the “mad” money they keep in their homes, where do they like to stash it?  More than one in four Americans — 27% — reports they hide their money in the freezer.  19% of residents “sock” their green away while 11% sleep well at night with their cash stuffed under their mattress.  One in ten — 10% — buries their dough in the cookie jar while 9% leave their loot in some other household location.  17% say there is no good place in the home to hide their money, and... 

3/28: Despite Increased Economic Optimism, Americans Still Feel Pinch…Gas Prices a Factor

More Americans have a brighter outlook about the future of the U.S. economy.  According to this national McClatchy-Marist Poll, 49% of U.S. residents say the worst of the country’s economic woes are behind us while 45% report there is more bad news ahead.  Six percent are unsure.  The proportion of residents who believe the nation’s tough economic times are over is the highest since January of 2011 when a majority — 54% — thought the country had turned the economic corner. By Psychonaught (Own work) (Public domain), via Wikimedia Commons Click Here for Complete March 28, 2012... 

3/27: McClatchy-Marist Poll

Is the recession over?  Are Americans feeling the pinch from higher gas prices? By Elembis (Own work) (Public domain), via Wikimedia Commons Find out in the latest national McClatchy-Marist Poll.  To read the full McClatchy article, click here.  Read More →

1/26: Brighter Financial Days Ahead, Says Majority in NY

New York State voters see a light at the end of the financial tunnel.  A majority of registered voters statewide — 52% — believe the worst of the state’s economic woes are behind them.  44% think the worst is yet to come, and 5% are unsure. ©istockphoto.com/LuMaxArt Click Here for Complete January 26th, 2012 NYS NY1/YNN-Marist Poll Release and Tables This is in stark contrast with voters’ views from November.  In that NY1/YNN-Marist Poll, a majority — 54% — thought there were more tumultuous economic times on the horizon while 42% said the worst was over.  Four... 

11/22: Optimism Grows About Future of the Economy, But Many Still View U.S. as in Recession

November 22, 2011 by  
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Although a majority of adults nationally say, when thinking about the future of the U.S. economy, the worst is still ahead, there has been a decrease in the proportion of residents who have this view.  53% of Americans believe there is more bad economic news ahead while 41% report the worst is behind us.  Five percent are unsure. ©istockphoto.com/Maica Click Here for Complete November 22, 2011 USA McClatchy-Marist Poll Release and Tables In McClatchy-Marist’s September survey, more than six in ten U.S. residents — 61% — thought the worst of the nation’s economic conditions were... 

11/22: More than Four in Ten Plan to Spend Less This Holiday Season

November 22, 2011 by  
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With Black Friday and Cyber Monday just around the corner, do Americans plan to spend more money this holiday season?  Half of adults who spend money on holiday shopping — 50% — say they will shell out the same amount they did last year, but more than four in ten — 42% — think they will spend less money, and only 7% expect to spend more. ©istockphoto.com/eyeidea Click Here for Complete November 22, 2011 USA Marist Poll Release and Tables Last year, similar proportions of adults who spend money on holiday shopping had these views.  At that time, 51% thought they would... 

11/21: McClatchy-Marist Poll

What are Americans’ views about the future of the economy?  Are they optimistic about their personal finances? And, what do they think about President Barack Obama’s jobs plan?  Find out in the latest national McClatchy-Marist Poll. ©istockphoto.com/DNY59 To read the full McClatchy article, click here.  Read More →

11/3: Loss of Optimism about Family Finances among New York State Voters

Fewer registered voters in New York State believe their personal family financial picture will improve in the coming year.  Less than one in four — 23% — think their money matters will get better while 22% say they will get worse, and a majority — 55% — reports it will stay about the same. ©istockphoto.com/Creativeye99 Click Here for Complete November 3rd, 2011 NYS NY1/YNN-Marist Poll Release and Tables There has been an eight percentage point drop in the proportion of voters who say their personal finances will improve.  When NY1/YNN-Marist last reported this question... 

10/3: Nearly Two-Thirds Plagued with Financial Woes, But Fewer See Finances Getting Worse

October 3, 2011 by  
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More than six in ten adults nationally — 64% — worry they won’t be able to pay their family’s expenses and bills at least some of the time.  This includes 30% who are always concerned their income won’t meet their expenses and 34% who are worried some of the time.  One in five — 20% — are seldom stressed about covering their bills while 17% never agonize over it. ©istockphoto.com/damircudic Click Here for Complete October 3, 2011 Marist Poll Release and Tables Women express greater concern than men.  More than seven in ten women — 71% — worry about... 

8/12: Americans Dismal About Economy’s Future…Obama Not Faulted for Financial Picture

August 12, 2011 by  
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Americans have become significantly more pessimistic about the U.S. economy.  According to this national McClatchy-Marist Poll, nearly seven in ten adults nationwide — 68% — believe the worst of the country’s economic conditions are yet to come.  27% say the worst is behind us, and 6% are unsure. ©istockphoto.com/DNY59 Click Here for Complete August 12th, 2011 USA McClatchy-Marist Poll Release and Tables There has been a 15 percentage point increase in the proportion of Americans who believe there is more bad economic news in the country’s future.  In McClatchy-Marist’s July... 

8/11: McClatchy-Marist Poll

Are Americans optimistic about the future of the economy?  Do registered voters blame President Barack Obama for the nation’s current economic circumstances?  Find out in the latest national McClatchy-Marist Poll. ©istockphoto.com/kiamsoon To read the full McClatchy article, click here.  Read More →

7/7: Family Finances: Steady as They Go for Majority

Overall, 52% of Americans think their personal family finances will remain the same in the coming year.  28% say they will get better while one in five — 20% — believe they will get worse. ©istockphoto.com/alexsl Click Here for Complete July 7, 2011 USA McClatchy-Marist Poll Release and Tables When McClatchy-Marist last reported this question in April, nearly half — 48% — said their financial picture would remain about the same, 27% thought it would improve, and one in four — 25% — reported it would get worse. “Through all the ups and downs of the economy,... 

7/6: McClatchy-Marist Poll

How, if in any way, have Americans’ views toward their personal family finances changed during the Obama administration?  Find out in this McClatchy-Marist Poll. ©istockphoto.com/alexsl To read the full McClatchy article, click here.  Read More →

7/6: Americans Want the Debt to Take Center Stage in Washington

According to this McClatchy-Marist Poll, nearly six in ten American adults — 59% — want the federal government to make the reduction of the debt its priority even if the economy is slow to recover.  About one-third — 33% — want the government to stimulate the weak economy even if it costs more money.  Eight percent are unsure.  Similar proportions of registered voters share these views. ©istockphoto.com/sjlocke Click Here for Complete July 6, 2011 McClatchy-Marist Poll Release and Tables “For the public, it’s all about the debt,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff,... 

7/5: McClatchy-Marist Poll

How important is paying down the national debt to Americans?  Do they see better or worse economic days ahead, and do they think the nation is still in a recession?  Find out in the latest McClatchy-Marist Poll. ©istockphoto.com/photo168 To read the full article, click here.  Read More →

5/12: NY May Bid Farewell to 36% of Young Residents

A sizeable proportion of New Yorkers, including more than one-third of those under age 30, may soon be sending out change of address notifications, but those new homes will not be in New York State.  According to this NY1/YNN-Marist Poll, 26% of adults in New York State plan to move someplace else in the next five years while 67% say they will stay.  Just 6% are unsure.  Similar proportions of registered voters statewide share this view. ©istockphoto.com/LordRunar Click Here for Complete May 12, 2011 NYS NY1/YNN-Marist Poll Release and Tables The picture is even bleaker when looking at the... 

4/28: Obama’s Handling of the Economy at All-Time Low

Registered voters nationally are not satisfied with how President Barack Obama is handling the nation’s economy.  According to this McClatchy-Marist Poll, four in ten voters — 40% — approve of how the president is dealing with the country’s economy while nearly six in ten — 57% — disapprove.  Only 3% are unsure.  Mr. Obama’s approval rating on the economy is the lowest of his presidency.  His previous low was last September when just 41% gave him a thumbs-up on the issue. whitehouse.gov Click Here for Complete April 28, 2011 USA McClatchy-Marist Poll Release and... 

4/27: McClatchy-Marist Poll

Registered voters nationwide aren’t happy with how President Barack Obama is handling the economy.  How bad is the situation for the president?  Find out in the latest national McClatchy-Marist Poll.  To read the full article, click here. ©istockphoto.com/kiamsoon Complete Tables for McClatchy-Marist Poll  Read More →

4/21: Mideast Turmoil, U.S. Oil Companies Blamed for High Gas Prices

As the price of gasoline skyrockets, Americans have no trouble pointing a proverbial finger.  According to this McClatchy-Marist Poll, the turmoil in the Middle East and U.S. oil companies are the most to blame.  36% of U.S. residents think the volatility in the Middle East is at fault while 34% say U.S. oil companies are the culprits.  11% hold President Obama and the Democrats responsible, and 7% find fault with Congressional Republicans.  Three percent of Americans blame state and local taxes, and one in ten — 10% — are unsure. ©istockphoto.com/Ronira Click Here for Complete... 

4/7: Low Expectations for NYC Economy … Brighter Outlook for Personal Finances

New York City residents still don’t think the city has turned the economic corner.  A plurality of residents — 44% — view the Big Apple’s economy as about the same as it has been while 36% believe it is getting worse.  Only one in five residents — 20% — think the New York City economy is getting better. ©istockphoto.com/tforgo Click Here for Complete April 7, 2011 NYC NY1-Marist Poll Release and Tables When NY1-Marist last reported this question in early February, 43% viewed the city’s economy as status quo.  34% thought it was declining, and 23% perceived it to... 

2/3: NYC Families Face Tough Budget Decisions

February 3, 2011 by  
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Many New York City residents are feeling the economic pinch and some are making difficult decisions to meet their expenses.  One in five residents in the city — 20% — report they have delayed or have not gone to the doctor when they should have during the past 12 months in order to help manage their family’s budget.  Not surprisingly, income factors into the decision.  One in four residents who earn less than $50,000 annually — 25% — have not gone to the doctor due to financial concerns compared with 16% with higher annual incomes. ©istockphoto.com/oliverwolfson Click... 

2/1: NYS Economy: Climbing Out of the Fiscal Basement?

Registered voters in New York State may be seeing a small crack in the state’s overcast economic conditions.  More voters statewide still view the state’s economy as getting worse than view it as getting better.  However, fewer voters, than previously, say New York’s economy is deteriorating. ©istockphoto.com/ErickN Click Here for Complete February 1, 2011 NYS NY1/YNN-Marist Poll Release and Tables About three in ten voters — 31% — currently view New York’s economy as getting worse while about one in five — 19% — perceive it as getting better.  Half of the electorate... 

1/19: Turning the Economic Corner? Majority Predict Better Economic Days Ahead

January 19, 2011 by  
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Could the worst of the nation’s economic woes be over?  That’s the view of a majority of Americans.  According to this national Marist Poll, 54% of adults believe, when thinking about the U.S. economy, the worst is behind us.  39%, however, say the worst is yet to come, and 7% are unsure.  These findings are in stark contrast to Marist’s poll just last month.  In that December survey, a majority — 53% — thought more bad news was on the economic horizon, and 39% reported the worst had passed.  Eight percent, at the time, were unsure. ©istockphoto.com/AlexKalina Click Here... 

12/20: Majority Says, “No,” to Credit Card Use During Holidays

December 20, 2010 by  
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The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is well underway, and as cash registers nationwide ring up all of those holiday purchases, there is one thing missing — plastic.  56% of U.S. adults who spend money on holiday shopping say they are not using credit cards while purchasing their holiday presents.  26% are buying some of their gifts on credit while 9% are using their credit cards for most of them.  An additional 9% are charging all of their holiday purchases. ©istockphoto.com/NWphotoguy Income does play a role here.  66% of those who earn less than $50,000 annually do not plan... 

12/16: Majority of Americans See More Economic Hardships Ahead

December 16, 2010 by  
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When thinking about the future of the U.S. economy, a majority of national adults — 53% — think the worst is yet to come.  However, 39% are more optimistic and report that the worst is behind us.  Eight percent are unsure.  In Marist’s November 29th survey, 51% said the worst was ahead while 45% thought it was behind us.  At that time, 5% were unsure.  The results are similar among registered voters, as well. ©istockphoto.com/Kativ Click Here for Complete December 16, 2010 USA Marist Poll Release and Tables In fact, nearly eight in ten residents — 79% — think the... 

9/28: Voters’ Outlook on NYS Economy

September 28, 2010 by  
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When thinking about the New York State economy, 46% of voters currently believe New York’s economy is getting worse, 42% report it is staying about the same, and 12% report it is getting better.  When Marist last asked this question in May, 48% of voters believed the state’s economy was getting worse, 37% said it was staying about the same, and 15% reported it was getting better. ©istockphoto.com/kiamsoon Click Here for Complete September 24, 2010 NYS Poll Release and Tables Republican voters are the most pessimistic on this question.  60% of the state’s GOP think the economy is getting... 

9/21: Electorate Divides Over Extension of Bush Tax Cuts

September 21, 2010 by  
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The Bush era tax cuts are set to expire at the end of the year.  As the debate in Washington rages on about whether to extend the cuts across the board or to limit the cuts to just the middle class, voters are weighing in.  According to this McClatchy-Marist Poll, nearly half of registered voters nationally — 49% — believe the tax cuts should be extended to just the middle class but not to those who earn $250,000 or more annually while 48% want everyone to receive an extension of the tax cuts.  3% are unsure. ©istockphoto.com/ericsphotography Click Here for Complete September 21,... 

7/9: More Americans Optimistic About Personal Financial Situation

July 9, 2010 by  
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33% of U.S. residents expect their personal family finances to improve in the next year.  This is a slight increase from the 28% who reported the same in Marist’s April 2009 survey. ©istockphoto.com/bttoro And, there has been a decrease in the proportion of Americans who anticipate their family finances will get worse during the next 12 months.  15% think this will be the case while 22% said the same 15 months ago.  The proportion of those who believe their financial circumstances will stay about the same is little changed from Marist’s previous survey.  A majority — 52% —... 

6/30: The U.S. Economy

What is the current state of the economy?  Who’s to blame, and what is the possible impact of unemployment on long-term earning potential?  Phil Izzo is a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, and he recently discussed these issues and more with the Marist Poll’s John Sparks.  Listen to the interview or read the transcript below. Phil Izzo Listen to Part 1: Powered by Podbean.com John Sparks The Marist Poll questioned Americans on how they felt the President was performing in the area of the economy.  President Obama has been in office 18 months now.  Have we reached a point where... 

American Millennials

June 23, 2010 by  
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Director of Media Relations for The Knights of Columbus, Andrew Walther, speaks with The Marist Poll’s John Sparks about the survey, American Millennials: Generations Apart.  The survey, undertaken by The Knights of Columbus in partnership with The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, was released in January and aimed at identifying the views of America’s youth in the wake of the nation’s economic crisis and at uncovering the priorities of these young adults. In their discussion, Sparks and Walther touch upon business ethics in the workplace, the similarities and differences... 

5/12: NYS Economy: Overall, Voters Have Brighter Outlook, But Upstate …

President Barack Obama will visit Buffalo, New York tomorrow.  The topic: the economy.  With a majority of registered voters upstate — 57% — saying the state’s economy is getting worse, the president’s timing couldn’t be better.  In fact, just 11% upstate believe New York’s economy is improving, and one-third report it is about the same as it has been.  Upstate voters’ perceptions of the economy have not changed much since Marist last asked about the state’s economy in early April. ©istockphoto.com/eyeidea Click Here for Complete May 12, 2010 NYS Poll Release and Tables Overall,... 

4/27: Rebound On Wall Street But Not In Public Image

President Obama wants tougher regulations for Wall Street, but do New York City residents think “their backyard” needs reform? ©istockphoto.com/narvikk A majority — 56% — say Wall Street is more of the problem when it comes to the city’s economy while 24% think it is part of the solution.  A notable one-fifth are unsure how to characterize its impact on the local economy. “Wall Street may be part of New York City’s economic engine, but even here, New Yorkers point to its pitfalls,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist Institute for Public Opinion.  “It... 

4/22: Making Change with the 50 Dollar Bill

April 22, 2010 by  
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A Republican congressman from North Carolina has proposed legislation that would replace the image of President Ulysses S. Grant on the fifty dollar bill with that of President Ronald Reagan. Do Americans want this change to occur? Ulysses S. Grant and Ronald Reagan Most do not.  79% think this suggestion is a bad idea while 12% say it’s a good one.  9% are unsure. Reagan is the modern day hero of many Republicans, but even more than seven in ten members of the nation’s GOP — 71% — believe the switch is a bad idea.  83% of Democrats and 79% of independents agree. Table: Reagan... 

4/8: Majority of NYS Voters Think Economy Is Getting Worse

54% of registered voters in New York think the state’s economy is getting worse.  34% say it is staying about the same, and only 12% report it is getting better. ©istockphoto.com/RBFried The proportion of voters who say the economy is deteriorating has grown.  When Marist last asked this question in early February, 49% thought the economy was declining, 40% said it was staying about the same, and 11% believed it was on an upswing. “Although some economic indicators suggest the worst may be over, this has not convinced New York voters that we’ve turned the economic corner,”... 

3/8: Three in Ten Employed Voters in NYS Concerned About Job Loss

30% of employed registered voters in New York State are worried about losing their job in the next year.  10% are very concerned about that possibility, and 20% are somewhat anxious.  28%, however, are not very concerned, and 42% are not worried at all. ©istockphoto.com/WillSeparep Employed voters in New York City are more apprehensive about receiving a pink slip than in other parts of the state.  37% in the Big Apple are worried compared with 28% upstate and 27% in New York’s suburbs. Table: New York Voters’ Concern About Job Loss Workplace Satisfaction Sky-high Most employed voters in... 

2/18: More Than A Quarter of Employees Concerned About Future Job Loss

February 18, 2010 by  
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26% of employed American residents report they are concerned about losing their job in the next year. ©istockphoto.com/Imagine Golf This includes 11% who say they are very concerned and 15% who are concerned.  On the other hand, 34% are not very concerned, and 40% are not concerned at all. Table: Concern About Job Loss Satisfied Workforce? 88% of American workers say they are either very satisfied or satisfied with their current job.  Included here are 45% who are very satisfied and 43% who are satisfied.  8% report they are not very satisfied, and 4% are not satisfied at all with their occupation. Women... 

2/2: Nearly Half of NYS Voters Think Economy Is Worsening

February 2, 2010 by  
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Pessimism about New York State’s economy continues to grow.  Almost half of registered voters statewide — 49% — believe the economy is getting worse while 11% say it is improving.  40% think the economy is staying about the same. ©istockphoto.com/LilliDay Click Here for Complete February 2, 2010 NYS Poll Release & Tables Compared with Marist’s November 2009 survey, more voters now say the state’s economic situation is on the decline.  At that time, 39% thought the economy was deteriorating while 15% said it was improving.  46% thought the economy was still in a steady... 

11/24: Optimism About NYS Economy Diminishes

Most registered voters in New York think the state is in a recession.  86% believe this to be the case while 12% disagree.  And, while there is little change in these opinions since Marist last asked this question in September, what has changed is the reduced level of optimism voters have in the future of the state’s economy. ©istockphoto.com/MCCAIG Click Here For Complete November 24, 2009 Release and Tables Currently, nearly four in ten voters — 39% — say the state’s economy is getting worse while 15% believe it is getting better.  46% think it is staying the same.  Voters... 

9/14: “NYS in a Recession,” Say Most New Yorkers…But, Optimism About Economy Grows

September 14, 2009 by  
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A whopping 90% of New York State voters say, “Yes, New York is in a recession.”  In fact, just 9% believe this is not the case.  Even with this dismal economic outlook, some voters are beginning to see a light at the end of the tunnel. ©istockphoto.com/mgkaya Voters in the Empire State are more optimistic about New York State’s economy.  A majority – 52% — report it is staying the same, 29% believe it is getting worse, and 19% say it’s getting better.  This is an improvement since Marist last asked this question.  In July, voters were divided with 46% reporting the state’s... 

7/9: Most NYS Voters Expect Economic Recovery to Take Time

Is New York State’s economic recovery imminent?  Three-quarters of registered voters statewide aren’t holding their breath.  That’s the proportion who believe the current economic crisis will last more than a year while only 4% say it will last less than 6 months.  21% think it will endure between 6 months and a year. ©istockphoto.com/zorani Most members of the electorate are also pessimistic about the current state of the economy.  Just 8% of those polled believe the state’s economy is getting better right now.  This compares with 46% who believe the economy is getting worse and... 

7/9: 77% of NYS Voters Know Someone Who’s Lost Job

In a poll that suggests the vast repercussions of the economic crisis, 77% of New York State registered voters say they personally know someone who has lost their job in the last 6 months. ©istockphoto.com/NoahGolan More voters in New York City and in the suburbs say they know someone who has lost his/her job during that timeframe.  82% of city voters and 79% of those in the suburbs report this to be the case.  This compares with 74% Upstate. Slight differences are also apparent among income groups.  82% of people with an income of $100,000 or more say they know someone who’s joined the ranks... 

4/28: Talking to Kids About Money

April 28, 2009 by  
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With the recession dominating daily headlines, few people are immune to the stress that accompanies today’s tough economic times.  But, for parents who are having a difficult time making ends meet, does talking to their children about money problems add to or reduce the stress?  For nearly six in ten Americans, talking to kids about money increases family anxiety while 28% say it alleviates it. ©istockphoto.com/madisonwi More younger Americans than older Americans believe discussing financial matters with their children is an added stress.  71% of residents under age 45 and 51% of those 45... 

4/15: Future of the Economy

More Americans Optimistic About Nation’s Course For the first time this year, more Americans — 49% — see the country moving in the right direction compared with 40% who think things are heading the wrong way.  This includes a majority of registered voters — 52% — who feel the country’s course is back on track. ©istockphoto.com/MCCAIG But, that’s most of the good news.  For starters the partisan divide is wide.  Although 80% of Democrats are pleased with the country’s trajectory, only 20% of Republicans share this view.  Instead, 63% of GOP’ers believe things... 

4/15: Lending Money — All In the Family?

April 15, 2009 by  
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If you’ve been asked for a loan, you’re not alone.  In fact, a majority of Americans — 57% — say a friend or family member has asked to borrow money from them.  So, who are the borrowers? ©istockphoto.com/jgroup Usually, it’s a brother or sister, according to 30% of those who say they have been approached for a loan.  A child or grandchild sought money from 21% of would-be lenders.   And, nearly 1 in 5 — 19% — has been approached by a friend. Does your income influence who may ask you for money?  25% of those making less than $50,000 a year who were asked for... 

4/15: Americans Cutting Spending In Time of Economic Crisis

April 15, 2009 by  
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Not surprisingly, most Americans have significantly cut back on their spending and nearly everyone has been looking for ways to be more cost-conscious during these tough economic times.  61% of families report they have recently had to dramatically cut the family budget. ©istockphoto.com/dra_schwartz Struggling to make ends meet through this recession has taken a bite out of how and what we eat.  From frills to staples, a staggering 87% of American families have rethought their eating habits and the food they buy in order to reduce costs. Table: Significantly Cutting Back Table: Cutback At Least... 

4/14: Tax Time — Eight in Ten File Early

April 14, 2009 by  
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Will procrastination pay off? Although one in five Americans wait until the final moments to file their taxes, 80% do not wait, according to the latest Marist Poll.  In fact, the proportion of early filers increases when looking at U.S. residents who expect to get a refund.  89% of those lucky Americans say they mail in their returns prior to the deadline.  But, early birds aren’t necessarily spread out across the country.  Residents in the West are more likely to wait to file their taxes than are Americans in other parts of the country.  29% report they hold out until April 15th to mail... 

Debt Consolidation

March 30, 2009 by  
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2009 ushered in an increase in consumer debt after three consecutive months of decline in the fourth quarter of last year.  But, for many families struggling with job loss, declining wages or housing values, there is a need to find options to relieve the pressures of mounting debt. ©istockphoto.com/DNY59 In a Marist Poll conducted in March 2009, 21% of Americans report they have looked into consolidating or refinancing their debt or outstanding loans.  Interestingly, nearly three in ten households with a family income of $100,000 or more have explored this avenue for cutting costs.  This includes... 

Business Ethics in a Time of Crisis

March 25, 2009 by  
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The tumult of the American economy has reverberated in homes, workplaces, and boardrooms and has left few untouched. Business Ethics in a Time of Economic Crisis surveys Americans and top level business executives to understand their opinions and reactions to the events which have shaken Corporate America. Undertaken by the Knights of Columbus in partnership with the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, the study looks beyond the headlines. This report presents the findings from two quantitative surveys: one which spoke with 2,071 Americans, and a second which interviewed 110 high-level... 

Season’s Spending? Many Americans Cutting Costs

December 15, 2008 by  
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More then two-thirds of Americans say they are spending less this holiday season. 68% of residents nationally report they are cutting costs, including 32% who say they are reducing their spending by a great deal and another 36% who are cutting back somewhat. 14% report they aren’t changing their shopping habits all that much while 18% say they aren’t reducing their purchases at all. Not surprisingly, households earning less are spending less. Read the full post  Read More →

Congressional Overdrive? 48% Disapprove of Auto Rescue Plan

The U.S. House of Representatives may have approved a $14 billion plan to rescue the American auto industry, but nearly half of Americans say they disapprove of the government’s intervention. With action on the legislation expected in the U.S. Senate as early as today, 48% of U.S. residents nationwide disapprove of Congress providing federal loans to the automakers while 41% approve of the federal assistance. Looking at registered voters in the United States, the numbers are similar. Read the full post  Read More →

NYC Residents Talk Turkey: Thanksgiving Traditions ’08

November 26, 2008 by  
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A significant number of New Yorkers who will celebrate Thanksgiving this year are tightening their belts. 47% say they are slashing some or much of their spending while only about one in five are minimally cutting their costs. 34% report their Thanksgiving spending habits are staying the same. Read the full post  Read More →

Voters Want Congress to Wait to Act on Economic Crisis

68% of registered voters across the country think it is more important for Congress to act but just not right away. 26% think it’s more important for lawmakers to do something this week to stabilize the nation’s financial industry. Read the full post  Read More →

National Poll: Making Ends Meet

April 30, 2008 by  
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Most Americans believe the country is in an economic recession: 78% of Americans think the U.S. economy is in a recession. People who live in the eastern part of the country are most likely to share this view. Many Americans are having difficulty making ends meet: 65% of Americans say they worry that their income will not be enough to meet their bills and expenses either always or sometimes. People with a family income of less than $50,000 a year are especially hard hit. Read the full post  Read More →

National Poll: Gas Prices Stall Summer Vacation Plans

May 25, 2007 by  
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Although many Americans will get away this summer, as gas prices continue to rise, the majority are planning shorter getaways: 63% of Americans plan to take a summer vacation but gas prices are one factor in the plans they are making. 55% of vacationers have opted to take several shorter weekend getaways instead of the traditional long summer retreat. Money matters. Americans with incomes under $50,000 are least likely to be planning a summer break. And among those lucky enough to get away, Americans with lower incomes are most likely to be planning shorter trips. Read the full post  Read More →

Pain at the Pump

May 8, 2006 by  
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Many New Yorkers expect the price of a gallon of gas to be nearly $4 by Memorial Day: New York State residents do not see any relief in gasoline prices by Memorial Day, the unofficial start of the summer season. Residents think a gallon of gas will cost on average $3.80. This is fueled by New York City residents who expect to see gas prices top $4 in the next few weeks. Read the full post  Read More →