Despite trade wars and new tariff laws, Americans are less anxious
about the current economy than previous four years
LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A new poll released this week by Marketplace®
and Edison Research indicates fewer Americans describe themselves as
anxious about their financial situation than they have in the past four
years. And while fewer people are losing sleep over concerns about their
personal financial situation, the Economic Anxiety Index® score for
Democrats and Independents remained relatively unchanged since 2018, but
it is dramatically lower among Republicans.
Since 2015, Marketplace and Edison Research have used poll responses to
develop the Economic Anxiety Index®, a unique measure of the American
economy. The number, on a scale from 0-100, is calculated from answers
to a battery of questions. The Economic Anxiety Index® describes just
how stressed out people feel about their personal financial situations.
The higher the number, the more economic stress someone is feeling.
The Economic Anxiety Index® mean score across all demographics for the
latest poll is 28. The index has reached an all-time low since its
inception and has been steadily decreasing since the 2016 presidential
election, when the score was 36.
As part of an ongoing focus at Marketplace on the workplace, this year’s
poll asked questions on employee benefits and office culture. The poll
coincides with the launch of Marketplace’s new Workplace
Culture desk, covered by award-winning journalist Meghan
McCarty Carino. Carino spent most of her career at Southern California
Public Radio (SCPR), where she was first a producer and then a reporter,
most recently covering commuting and mobility. Marketplace will release
a steady drumbeat of reporting on the most pressing problems in the
working world, emerging solutions, the culture of the workplace and what
these changes mean in everyday life.
Additional key findings
A majority of workers would prefer a four-day workweek composed of
10-hour days instead of a five-day workweek of eight-hour days (63%).
There are also some elements that a job can offer that are more
important to younger or older workers. Opportunities for advancement are
more important to 18- to 34-year-olds (71%) than to those 35 or older
A majority of American workers (68%) think that a warm, friendly work
environment is a very important element of a job. However, almost half
(48%) of workers have been yelled at by a co-worker or have yelled at
someone they work with (35%). More than a quarter of Americans have felt
their health or safety was at risk while at work. Hispanics were much
more likely to express concern over their health and safety (39%)
compared to African Americans (28%) and whites (26%).
For those with student loans, many say taking on debt for their
education was not worth it (38%).
Read more about the findings from latest Marketplace-Edison Research
Poll and the Economic Anxiety Index® at Marketplace.org.
Marketplace-Edison Research Poll methodology
The Marketplace Edison Research Poll is a national survey of Americans
18 and older. A total of 1,066 respondents were interviewed, with 500
interviews conducted by telephone and 566 interviews conducted online.
The interviews were conducted from May 6-13, 2019.
The data was weighted to match the most recent United States population
estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau for age, gender, race, income and
region of the country.
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Source: Data are copyright Nielsen Audio. Data are estimates only.
About Edison Research
Since its founding in 1994, Edison Research has conducted over 13,000
research assignments in 50 countries. Edison works with a broad array of
commercial clients, governments and NGOs, including AMC Theatres, The
Brookings Institution, Disney, the Gates Foundation, Google, the U.S.
International Broadcasting Bureau, Oracle, Pandora, the Pew Research
Center, Samsung, Spotify, SiriusXM Radio and Univision Communications.
Since 2004, Edison Research has been the sole provider of Election Day
data to the National Election Pool, conducting exit polls and collecting
precinct vote returns to project and analyze results for every major
presidential primary and general election. Edison conducts more than
100,000 interviews in a single day for this project. For the 2020 U.S.
elections, Edison will provide exit polls and will tabulate the national
vote across every county in the United States for ABC News, CBS News,
CNN and NBC News.
Alison Ver Meulen