3/6: Taking the Pulse of the Economy

By John Sparks Is the U.S. economy really in a recovery?  What about gas prices, and what role could the economy play in this election year?  Associate Editor of Barron’s, Michael Santoli, spoke with The Marist Poll’s John Sparks about this and more.  Listen to the interview below. John Sparks Michael, some folks are saying […]

10/11: The Financial Picture on the Home Front

By Barbara Carvalho News about the drop in median incomes is about as unwelcome as the final notice by a bill collector.  But, how surprising is it?  In the latest national Marist Poll, 64% of Americans tell us they have difficulty making ends meet.   The figure rises to 76% for those with annual household incomes below  […]

9/7: The American Jobs Picture

By Barbara Carvalho You have to go back to the 1940’s to find a time of zero net job growth.  And yet, that’s the current dismal state of economic affairs.  Anyway you slice the numbers, 9.1% unemployment coupled with an additional 9 million Americans who are underemployed, that is working part-time but seeking full-time employment, adds […]

4/28: Recovery … What Recovery?

By Barbara Carvalho You’d think with the “official” economic recession long over, according to the calculations of economists, and with President Obama and Wall Street imploring the Congress not to do anything to disrupt the supposed economic rebound, that maybe, just maybe, it would show up in the national poll numbers.   Well, hold onto your […]

1/19: At Long Last? Well, Sort of …

By Barbara Carvalho While official calculations 18 months ago cited the definitional end to the recession, an economic gloom has hung over the nation … until now.  According to the latest Marist Poll, a light has broken through the overcast economic forecast.  Mind you, the numbers aren’t exactly rosy, but they do represent a departure […]

7/13: Lingering Effects of the Economic Collapse

By Barbara Carvalho Since 1992, “It’s the economy, stupid!” has been the mantra of American politics.  Now, a frustrated electorate is waiting impatiently for any signs the economy is picking up. There have been faint, sporadic glimmerings of improvement in some economic news.  This month’s Marist Poll of Americans found that 33% of residents expect […]

Cluing Kids In About Cash: An Interview

By John Sparks Talking to children about money can present its own set of problems.  What’s the appropriate age to discuss money matters with your kids?  And, how can you teach them financial responsibility? Parenting and Education Reporter Carol Anne Riddell shared some of her insights with the Marist Poll’s John Sparks.  Read the transcript […]

Kids and Money: Lessons from the Past and Dealing with the Present

By John Sparks Any parent reading the interview with Carol Anne Riddell about talking to kids about money, can’t help picking up some very valuable tips in teaching their children about handling finances. Carol Anne suggested if we teach our sons and daughters how to handle money responsibly at an early age, they might avoid […]

Has the Economic Crisis Bottomed Out?

By John Sparks 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: 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 […]

Obama’s Biggest Hurdle

By Dr. Lee M. Miringoff 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 […]