Views on the American Economy, Finances, and Government

May 3, 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 April 26 and 28, 2024. 

Some of the key highlights on the U.S. economy include…

  • More than half of residents (58%) think the United States is currently in a recession.
  • Four out of ten (42%) describe their household’s finances as poor (31%) or very poor (11%). 
  • More than half (54%) say they live paycheck to paycheck, a decrease of 3 points compared to March 2024 (57%). 
  • Among those currently employed, 44% are concerned about losing their job in the next 12 months, an increase of 3 points compared to March 2024 (41%). 

Some of the key highlights on U.S. politics include…

  • If the Presidential election were to be held today, Trump would secure 46% of the votes, while Biden would secure 45%, making them statistically head-to-head.  
  • A larger proportion of Americans (39%) think that Trump will win the 2024 presidential election, while one-third (33%) think Joe Biden will win.  
  • One-third of Americans (34%) do not follow Trump’s trial at all, while 21% follow it closely and 42% follow it more or less. Democrat voters (25%) are more likely to follow the trial closely. 
  • If Trump is found guilty and imprisoned in his trial, 79% of Republican voters would still vote for him. If he is found guilty without imprisonment, 86% of Republicans would still vote for him. 

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