Fifty-one percent of U.S. adults believe the job market in the city or area where they live is good for job seekers. Those employed full time and nonwhites are far more likely to think that now is a good time to find a good job.
Six in 10 Americans believe that upper-income Americans pay too little in taxes, and 52% favor higher taxes on the rich in order to redistribute wealth. These views differ widely by political party identification.
The economy tops Americans’ concerns, as it has for several months. Republicans continue to be more likely than Democrats to mention the economy. GOP dissatisfaction outpaces that of Democrats.
Nine in 10 employed U.S. investors with a 401(k) plan view the retirement savings tool positively. For allocation advice, all age groups value personal financial advisers, although younger investors augment advice with digital tools.
Americans’ confidence in the U.S. economy slipped last week. The U.S. Economic Confidence Index averaged -14 for the week ending April 10, down from -10.
A new Gallup-USA Funds study finds that associate degree holders largely believe these degrees were worth the cost and helped them achieve their career goals. At the same time, they trail four-year grads in employment and well-being.
As Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff faces possible impeachment, Brazilians’ faith in their leadership is at a new low. Just 15% of Brazilians approve of the job performance of the country’s leadership.
The Gallup U.S. Job Creation Index climbed three points in March to +32, matching the high in the eight-year trend. It was the first time in the last 10 months that worker reports of net job creation moved upward.
In March, Americans’ confidence in the economy was slightly higher than it was in February. More broadly, Gallup’s U.S. Economic Confidence Index is at the upper end of the narrow range it has fallen in since July.
Americans’ daily self-reports of spending increased to an average of $89 in March, up $5 from February. The latest monthly average matches the nine-year high for the month of March, set in 2013.
The U.S. Gallup Good Jobs employment rate was 44.4% in March, down nominally from February’s 44.6%. Workforce participation was also down slightly to 67.0% from 67.2%, and unemployment was down slightly to 6.0% from 6.2%.
Americans’ confidence in the economy dipped last week, with the U.S. Economic Confidence Index averaging -13 for the week ending March 27. The score was -9 the previous week.
As an oil surplus keeps gas prices low, more Americans now than in recent years favor emphasizing alternative energy over fossil fuel production. Support for alternative energy has increased among both Democrats and Republicans since 2013.
Americans’ perceptions of the hiring situation remain moderately optimistic, with 42% saying it is a good time to get a quality job. Optimism on this measure has been fairly steady since early 2015, but remains much higher than it was in 2008 through 2…
The U.S. Economic Confidence Index averaged -9 for the week ending March 20. This is up slightly from low points earlier this year and up significantly from lows last summer, but remains below the more positive averages in early 2015.
Fewer retired U.S. investors today than in 2015 are optimistic that they can maintain their income or reach short-term investment targets over the next year. They remain optimistic about reaching their five-year investment goals.
In 1955, Gallup asked Americans with television sets if they would be interested in watching current movies at home, and if so, how much they would pay for this ability.
When asked to react to six presidential candidate tax proposals, Americans are most likely to favor eliminating loopholes for the rich. They are least likely to support cutting everyone’s taxes and implementing a flat tax of 10%.
In 1937, Gallup polled Americans about the federal government’s first attempt to measure U.S. unemployment between decennial census years. This Depression-era experiment soon led to the nation’s monthly jobs poll.
U.S. investors are no more inclined now than a year ago to favor digital financial advice over traditional resources. About half still prefer relying on a personal financial adviser; 24% favor digital tools and 18% on-call advice.