U.S. Residents Still Feel Economic Impacts on their Personal Finances

April 1, 2024

Every month, we conduct a survey of U.S. residents to explore their views on the economy, finances, and the government. This month, our survey was conducted between March 23 and 25, 2024.


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Some of the key highlights of our survey about the economy and American politics include…

  • More than half (59%) of U.S. residents think the United States is currently in a recession, a three-point increase since last month.
  • Four U.S. residents out of ten (40%) describe their household’s finances as poor (28%) or very poor (12%).
  • More than half of U.S. residents (57%) say they are living paycheck to paycheck, an increase of 2 points compared to February 2024 (55%).
  • 41% of U.S. residents who are currently employed are concerned about losing their job in the next 12 months.

Some of the key highlights of our survey about
American politics…

  • Trump is taking the lead in voting intentions. If the Presidential election were to be held today, Trump would secure 48% of the votes, while Biden would secure 43%.
  • Ron DeSantis (22%) would be the preferred candidate to be Donald Trump’s vice president running mate if he receives his party’s nomination.
  • Nearly one-third of Americans (31%) think that Donald Trump should be the Republican candidate, even if he is convicted and imprisoned. This number is significantly higher among republican voters (60%).
  • Seven out of ten Republicans (70%) would vote for Donald Trump even if he were found guilty and imprisoned.
  • One-third of U.S. residents (33%) think the 2024 presidential elections will take place peacefully, while 67% think there will be disturbances, protests, and civil disobedience. Republicans are more likely to think the election will be peaceful (46%).
  • More than half of U.S. residents disapprove of Joe Biden’s job as president (53%), while one-third approves (31%).


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