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 →

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,... 

4/24: Majority View New York Economy as Steady State, Most Believe Cuomo Inherited Economic Conditions

A slim majority of New York State registered voters — 51% — thinks the state’s economy is staying about the same, but nearly three in ten — 29% — say it is getting worse.  21% think the economy is improving, a slight uptick from about two months ago. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (courtesy of N.Y. State) Click Here for Complete April 24, 2013 The Wall Street Journal/NBC New York/Marist Poll NYS Release and Tables “Although New Yorkers still see a sluggish state economy, they don’t think Governor Cuomo is to blame,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist College Institute... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

11/21: 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... 

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... 

12/16: 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,... 

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... 

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... 

4/8: 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... 

8/14: Is the Economy Recovering?

August 14, 2009 by  
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Has the U.S. economy turned a corner, and how is the Obama Administration handling the nation’s economic conditions?  Dr. Ray Perryman, economist and founder and President of The Perryman Group, offered his take when he spoke with The Marist Poll’s John Sparks.  Read the interview transcript below. John Sparks Ray, in our most recent survey, 52% of the American public told The Marist Poll that they approve how President Obama is handling the economy. This is right on the border of being a majority, given the margin of error, so it’s sort of teetering at the midway point. How do you perceive... 

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... 

4/22: Nearly 1 in 4 Anticipate Job Loss

April 22, 2009 by  
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Nearly 1 in 4 employed Americans — 22% — believe it’s likely they will join the ranks of the unemployed or have their hours cut this year.  Among those who are most fearful are women.  26% of women in the workforce believe there is a good chance they will be laid off while 19% of men think it’s likely they will get a pink slip this year. ©istockphoto.com/RBFried Where Americans work makes a difference. Employees in the Northeast are least concerned about their future employment status.  Just 10% of those residents think it’s either very likely or likely that they will lose... 

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... 

Has the Economic Crisis Bottomed Out?

How long will the economic crisis last?  Associate Editor of Barron’s, Michael Santoli, shared his observations with The Marist Poll’s John Sparks. Here’s the transcript of their discussion: Michael Santoli John Sparks Michael, we conducted a national survey, and we asked Americans how long they think the current economic crisis will last.  I’m curious about your thoughts on that, as well as how does one define that point? Listen to Part 1 of the Interview: Michael Santoli Well, your latter question actually I think is very relevant.  If you consider the economic crisis... 

Obama’s Biggest Hurdle

It’s not really a Catch-22 for President Obama when it comes to the economy.  Although this new president may relish some political cover from the 76% of Americans who believe he inherited our current economic malaise, responsibility for stabilizing the shaky buck will ultimately end up on his desk…perhaps, sooner than later. Lee Miringoff 75% of Americans know someone who has lost their job in the last six months, nearly twice the number of Americans thinks the economy is getting worse than think it’s improving, and 78% report they think the nation’s economic troubles will persist...