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State of Personal Finances

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Would you describe the state of your own personal finances these days as: excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index Poll, [Nov, 2013]




Would you describe the state of your own personal finances these days as: excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index Poll, [Oct, 2013]




Would you describe the state of your own personal finances these days as: excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index Poll, [Oct, 2013]



Personal Financial Situation Getting Better Or Worse

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Let's turn to some aspects of your personal situation. For each, please tell me if you expect things to be better in the next 12 months, worse, or about the same as the last 12 months. If the item does not apply to you, just say so....Overall financial security
Bloomberg Poll, [Dec, 2013]




Do you think the financial situation in your household is getting better, staying the same, or getting worse?
American Research Group Poll, [Nov, 2013]




A year from now, do you expect the financial situation in your household to be better than it is today, the same as it is today, or worse than it is today?
American Research Group Poll, [Nov, 2013]



Most Important Financial Problem Facing Family

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What is the most important financial problem facing your family today?
%
18     Lack of money/Low wages
12     Health care costs
12     Cost of owning/renting a home
11     High cost of living/inflation
11     Energy costs/oil and gas prices
9     Too much debt/Not enough money to pay debts
9     Unemployment/Loss of job
7     College expenses
5     Taxes
4     Retirement savings
3     Lack of savings
1     Transportation/commuting costs
1     Social Security
1     State of the economy
1     Stock market/investments
1     Controlling spending
*     Interest rates
4     Other
11     None
4     No opinion
Gallup Poll, [Apr, 2012]




What is the most important financial problem facing your family today?
%
14     Lack of money/Low wages
13     Too much debt/Not enough money to pay debts
13     High cost of living/inflation
12     Health care costs
10     Unemployment/Loss of job
7     Cost of owning/renting a home
7     College expenses
5     Retirement savings
4     Energy costs/oil and gas prices
3     Taxes
3     Lack of savings
2     Stock market/investments
2     State of the economy
2     Social Security
1     Interest rates
*     Transportation/commuting costs
2     Other
11     None
3     No opinion
Gallup Poll, [Oct, 2011]




What is the most important financial problem facing your family today?
%
17     Lack of money/Low wages
12     Health care costs
11     Too much debt/Not enough money to pay debts
9     High cost of living/inflation
9     Unemployment/Loss of job
7     Energy costs/oil and gas prices
7     College expenses
6     Cost of owning/renting a home
6     Retirement savings
4     Taxes
2     State of the economy
2     Social Security
2     Lack of savings
1     Stock market/investments
1     Transportation/commuting costs
1     Interest rates
*     Controlling spending
2     Other
16     None
3     No opinion
Gallup Poll, [Jul, 2011]



Being Able To Pay Bills/Income and Rising Prices

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Do you ever worry that your total family income will not be enough to meet your family's expenses and bills? Would you say that you have worries like this all of the time, most of the time, some of the time or just now and then?
%
19     All of the time
14     Most of the time
18     Some of the time
13     Now and then
*     Don't know
35     Don't worry
*     No opinion
Washington Post/Miller Center Poll, [Sep, 2013]




(Next, I'm going to read you a list of things that some people worry about and others do not. I'd like you to tell me how worried you are about each of the following things.) How worried are you about...your income not keeping up with rising prices? Are you very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried, or not at all worried?
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll, [Jun, 2013]




(Next, please tell me how concerned you are right now about each of the following financial matters, based on your current financial situation--are you very worried, moderately worried, not too worried, or not worried at all. If a particular item does not apply to you, please say so.)...Not having enough to pay your normal monthly bills
Gallup Poll, [Apr, 2013]



Unemployment

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Does losing your job because of the economy worry you a lot, a little, or not at all at the present time?
Note: Asked of those employed
Washington Post/Miller Center Poll, [Sep, 2013]




(Next, I'm going to read you a list of things that some people worry about and others do not. I'd like you to tell me how worried you are about each of the following things.) How worried are you about...losing your job? Are you very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried, or not at all worried?
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll, [Feb, 2013]




(How much do you worry about each of the following...Do you worry a lot, some, not much, or not at all?) How about...losing your job?
%
27     A lot
27     Some
27     Not much
18     Not at all
*     Does not apply (Vol.)
*     Don't know
*     Refused
Sample: National employed lower-wage workers
Joyce Foundation/Associated Press/NORC Employment Outlook of Lower-Wage Workers in America Survey, [Aug, 2012]



Paying For Health Care Costs

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The following is a list of several things that people worry about in their own lives. Which one or two, if any, do you worry about most in your own life?...Access to affordable health care, saving enough for retirement, paying for groceries and your utility bills, the cost of college education, job security, the cost of housing and a mortgage
%
34     Access to affordable health care
29     Saving enough for retirement
26     Paying for groceries and your utility bills
21     The cost of college education
17     Job security
17     The cost of housing and a mortgage
5     None of these
NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll, [Sep, 2013]




Next, I'm going to read you a list of things that some people worry about and others do not. I'd like you to tell me how worried you are about each of the following things. How worried are you about...not being able to pay medical bills for routine health care services? Are you very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried, or not at all worried?
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll, [Jun, 2013]




(Next, I'm going to read you a list of things that some people worry about and others do not. I'd like you to tell me how worried you are about each of the following things.) How worried are you about...not being able to pay medical bills in the event of a serious illness or accident? Are you very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried, or not at all worried?
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll, [Jun, 2013]



Paying For Housing

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The following is a list of several things that people worry about in their own lives. Which one or two, if any, do you worry about most in your own life?...Access to affordable health care, saving enough for retirement, paying for groceries and your utility bills, the cost of college education, job security, the cost of housing and a mortgage
%
34     Access to affordable health care
29     Saving enough for retirement
26     Paying for groceries and your utility bills
21     The cost of college education
17     Job security
17     The cost of housing and a mortgage
5     None of these
NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll, [Sep, 2013]




(Next, I'm going to read you a list of things that some people worry about and others do not. I'd like you to tell me how worried you are about each of the following things.) How worried are you about...not being able to pay your rent or mortgage? Are you very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried, or not at all worried?
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll, [Jun, 2013]




(Next, please tell me how concerned you are right now about each of the following financial matters, based on your current financial situation--are you very worried, moderately worried, not too worried, or not worried at all. If a particular item does not apply to you, please say so.)...Not being able to pay your rent, mortgage or other housing costs
Gallup Poll, [Apr, 2013]



Retirement Financial Concerns

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Does having enough savings for retirement worry you a lot, a little, or not at all at the present time?
Note: Asked of those not retired
Washington Post/Miller Center Poll, [Sep, 2013]




The following is a list of several things that people worry about in their own lives. Which one or two, if any, do you worry about most in your own life?...Access to affordable health care, saving enough for retirement, paying for groceries and your utility bills, the cost of college education, job security, the cost of housing and a mortgage
%
34     Access to affordable health care
29     Saving enough for retirement
26     Paying for groceries and your utility bills
21     The cost of college education
17     Job security
17     The cost of housing and a mortgage
5     None of these
NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll, [Sep, 2013]




(Next, I'm going to read you a list of things that some people worry about and others do not. I'd like you to tell me how worried you are about each of the following things.) How worried are you about...not having enough money for retirement? Are you very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried, or not at all worried?
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll, [Jun, 2013]



From the Archives


Do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?...People should use credit only to tide themselves over in emergencies or sudden unforeseen expenses.
Cambridge Reports/National Omnibus Survey, [Jan, 1977]




Think for a moment about your personal debt on which you currently make interest payments. I am not talking about regular monthly bills for things like your phone or electricity, but about debts which you partially pay off each month for things like mortgages, credit cards, personal loans or car loans. Would you say that the amount of debt you currently have is...more than you can handle financially, about as much as you can handle,or financially could handle more debt than you currently have?
%
11     More than you can handle financially About as much as you can handle
51     financially Could handle more debt than you
29     currently have
9     I have no such debts (vol.)
ABC News/Money Poll, [Aug, 1986]




Have there been times during the last year when you did not have money enough to pay for medical or health care?
Sample: National--aged 15 and over
Human Needs And Satisfactions, [Jan, 1976]




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answered People are still better off relying on their own investments, such as 401 (k)s rather than depending on pension programs from employers or government when asked "As you know, the primary way many Americans plan for retirement is to personally invest in stocks and bonds through their 401 (k) accounts. I want to read you two opinions on this subject and see which one comes closer to your own....People are still better off relying on their own investments, such as 401 (k)s rather than depending on pension programs from employers or government. Given the recent ups and downs in the economy and stock market, it is too risky for people to rely primarily on the success of their personal investments to pay for their retirement."
Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor Poll, [Nov, 2013]


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