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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

What America Thinks: Looking Back at 2014

2014 is coming to an end, so where do Americans stand on major issues heading into 2015? We decided to find out what America thinks.

On the economic front, consumer and investor indexes at the end of 2014 are nearing the highs for the year. The Rasmussen Consumer Index has been over the 100 baseline for the whole month of December, while the Investor Index has been sitting around the 120 mark.

The Rasmussen Employment Index hit a six-year high in November at 102.4, and 50% of working Americans think they’ll get a raise next year. Fewer now think their next job will be better than their current one.

With the Christmas holiday just behind us, more Americans reported spending more on gifts this year than last year—22% versus 16%—though that number has been climbing since the unofficial shopping season began in November.

Homeowners are also confident in the current housing market: more than a third think their home will be worth more in a year than it is today, and over half think it will be worth more in five years. Sixty percent (60%) think their home is worth more than what they still owe on it, as well. It’s not all good news, though: 12% say they’re likely to miss or be late with a mortgage payment, the highest in over a year, and seven percent (7%) have already done so in the six months.

Overall, 27% of voters think the U.S. is heading in the right direction heading into the new year.

For Rasmussen Reports, I’m Alex Boyer. Remember, if it’s in the news, it’s in our polls.