Most Americans Moderately Upbeat About Family Finances in 2007
Most Americans are moderately upbeat about their family’s financial prospects in the coming year, with 57% expecting some improvement in their financial situation and another 10% expecting a lot of improvement.
Things We Can’t Live Without: The List Has Grown in the Past Decade
As Americans navigate increasingly crowded lives, the number of things they say they can’t live without has multiplied in the past decade.
As Home Prices Cool Down, Homeowners Temper Their Optimism
Despite a record drop this past year in the median sales price of existing homes, more than eight-in-ten homeowners expect the value of their homes to go up either “a little” (55%) or “a lot” (26%) in the future.
It’s Time for Holiday Shopping. Do You Have Your Budget?
A majority of Americans say they set a budget limit for their holiday shopping; 56% have already set or plan to set a limit while 41% say they don’t use a budget limit for holiday shopping.
Working After Retirement: The Gap Between Expectations and Reality
More than three quarters of today’s workers expect to work for pay even after they retire. Of those who feel this way, most say it’s because they’ll want to, not because they’ll have to.
Americans See Less Progress on Their Ladder of Life
As economists and politicians debate whether there is less mobility in the U.S. now than in the past, a new Pew survey finds that many among the public are seeing less progress in their own lives.
American Work Life is Worsening, But Most Workers Still Content
Americans are generally satisfied with their own jobs but believe that wages, benefits, job security and employer loyalty have deteriorated over the past generation for most workers, a new survey finds.
As the Price of Gas Goes Up, The Nation’s Odometer Slows Down
In the nearly 100 years that Americans have been driving cars, the inflation-adjusted price of gasoline has drifted steadily downward, save for two sharp spikes up.
Americans and Their Cars: Is the Romance on the Skids?
Any nation with more passenger vehicles than licensed drivers has a pretty serious love affair with the automobile. But the romance seems to be cooling off a bit — a casualty of its own intensity.
Americans to Rest of World: Soccer Not Really Our Thing
Just 4% of adults in this country rate soccer as their favorite sport to watch, compared with 34% who say this about football, 14% about basketball and 13% about baseball.