Here is a round of “Heartaches by the Number” polls, all courtesy of Rasmussen Reports.
July 25, 2012: Long-Term Optimism About U.S. Economy Falls to New Low
Confidence that the U.S. economy will recover in the next five years has fallen to its lowest level since early 2009. Short-term confidence isn’t much better.
Just 31% believe the U.S. economy will be stronger in one year. 30-five per cent (35%) predict a weaker economy by next year, and 18% more say it will be about the same. Seventeen per cent (17%) are not sure.
August 8, 2012: Right Direction or Wrong Track
August 7, 2012: 44% Say Jobs Market Worse Than A Year Ago
Confidence in the U.S. job market has fallen again, with the highest number of Americans in 10 months describing the employment situation as worse than it was a year ago.
Just 24% of American Adults believe the job market is better than a year ago. 40-four per cent (44%) say that market is worse now, up 15 points from early June when only 29% felt that way. 30 per cent (30%) describe it as about the same.
Heartaches by the Number Summary
- Just 14% expect today’s children to be better off than their parents
- Just 31% believe the U.S. economy will be stronger in one year
- Just 27% think the country is heading in the right direction.
- Just 24% of American Adults believe the job market is better than a year ago
- 44% think the job market is worse, up 15 points from June
Demographics Suggest Majority is Right
I happen to agree with the majority who thinks those now graduating from high school will be better off than their parents.
There are too few jobs, too much student debt, and too few workers supporting too many retirees on Social Security.
For a graphical representation of that last point, please see Demographic Time Bomb in Pictures and Dollar Amounts; Ratio of Social Security Beneficiaries to Private Employment Now Exceeds 50%