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November 16, 2018

Consumer Spending Update: Economic Confidence Unshaken by Market Jitters

The recent ups and downs of the stock market have done little to sway Americans’ confidence in the economy, but they're a little less upbeat about the direction of their own personal finances.

November 14, 2018

Most Americans Know Their Credit Score

FICO, the developer of the most widely used credit score, is rolling out a new credit scoring system next year that takes checking and savings accounts into consideration in addition to credit and loan accounts. This could most help those with low or no credit scores who have problems securing credit, though few Americans say they’ve been in that position recently.

November 8, 2018

39% Expect Bigger Income A Year From Now

Consumer confidence is on the rise, but Americans don’t think their income is following the same trajectory.

November 8, 2018

Americans Are Still Optimistic About Jobs, Economic Opportunity

With unemployment at record lows, Americans remain highly confident about the job market, and most still think just about anyone can get ahead in today's world.

October 30, 2018

Americans Concerned U.S. Economy Headed For Another Recession

Despite a rocky week on Wall Street, Americans remain more optimistic than they’ve been in past years about the direction of the stock market, but a majority are concerned that the U.S. economy is headed for another recession.

October 23, 2018

Few Consider Themselves Wealthy, Even Among Highest Earners

Republican and Democratic candidates alike are making their last-minute attempts at earning the middle class vote. But while Americans may not agree what income qualifies as middle class, most are pretty sure they fall into that category. Even among the country’s highest earners, only one-in-five consider themselves wealthy.

October 22, 2018

Nearly Half View The Federal Reserve Favorably

President Trump called the Federal Reserve his “biggest threat” in a recent interview, claiming that the central bank is raising interest rates too fast. But it appears Americans have warmed up to the Fed these days.

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October 19, 2018

Americans Favor Amazon But Fear for Local Businesses

Americans like Amazon but worry that the online mega-market will continue to put more traditional retail outlets like Sears out of business.

October 12, 2018

Consumer Spending Update Consumer Confidence Marches Upward

With the release of last week’s jobs report reflecting a near 50-year low for unemployment, consumer confidence has started to rise once again.

October 10, 2018

Following Record Jobs Report, Fewer Than Ever Know Someone Unemployed

The latest jobs report released Friday shows unemployment at a 49-year low, and fewer Americans than ever now know someone out of work.

October 8, 2018

Men, Women Disagree on Gov. Mandate to Seat Women on Boards of Directors

California now requires all publicly traded companies in the state to have at least one woman on their board of directors by the end of 2019. While men and women don’t see eye-to-eye on whether they’d want a law like this in their state, they do agree that the decision shouldn’t be up to the government.

September 7, 2018

Consumer Spending Update: Consumer Confidence Levels Off - At Record Levels

Consumer confidence appears to have plateaued, but it remains at record highs.

August 23, 2018

Do Americans Like The Idea of Raising Minimum Wage?

Earlier this week, North Carolina became one of at least four states to raise the hourly minimum wage of state workers to $15.

August 10, 2018

Consumer Spending Update: Americans Open Their Wallets Wider

As economic confidence stays perched among the highest levels in four years of surveying, consumers are ready to open their wallets again, just in time for the back-to-school shopping season.

August 3, 2018

Americans Agree ‘Made in America’ Is More Than A Slogan

President Trump visited Granite City, Illinois, last week to address the success of a recently reopened steel mill there, saying, "Made in America. It's not just a slogan but a way of life.” Most Americans agree with the president and say buying American-made is important to them.

July 26, 2018

Americans Like the Idea of a 4-Day Work Week

Companies in several countries around the world have experimented with changing employees’ work schedules from five eight-hour days to four 10-hour shifts with the goal of increasing employee productivity and morale. Americans are receptive to the idea and see the potential for improved productivity in the workplace.

July 16, 2018

Most Americans Concerned About U.S.-China Trade War

The United States is setting the stage for a trade war with China over the Trump administration’s increased tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of Chinese imports, something nearly two-thirds of Americans are concerned about.

July 13, 2018

Is AI the Future for American Jobs?

Americans are leery that most human jobs will be replaced by artificial intelligence in the future.

July 6, 2018

Consumer Spending Update: Economic Confidence Still Among Record Highs

Spending may have grounded for summer, but sentiments on the economy are still flying high.

June 21, 2018

Can Robots Replace Workers? Americans Think It's Likely

A report released in November found that as many as 800 million workers worldwide could be replaced by robots by 2030. That’s not shocking to most Americans, but they also don’t believe they are easily replaceable.