Poll Results

XVIII

3rd Quarter | 2013

Childhood in America

Americans believe that opportunities for a quality education, access to health care, fair treatment, adequate play time, and sufficient love and attention are accessible to some, but are not guaranteed for the average American child. Further, there are stark differences in views regarding the role government and society should play in helping to pay the costs associated with raising children. Predictable partisan differences emerge when Americans are asked about policy approaches to address the cost of raising children.

XVII

2nd Quarter | 2013

Privacy

New figures from the quarterly Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor Poll show that most Americans exhibit a healthy amount of skepticism and resignation about data collection and surveillance, and show varying degrees of trust in institutions to responsibly use their personal information. Recent headlines focusing on government collection of telephone records within the United States may further stoke the underlying worries that the American public has about data privacy.

XVI

2nd Quarter | 2013

Middle Class More Anxious than Aspirational

The poll asks Americans to define what it means to be part of the middle class, based on income, financial security, education and lifestyle. Unsurprisingly, many Americans (46 percent) identify as middle class and almost all Americans (85 percent) consider themselves a part of an expanded definition of being middle class that includes upper middle class (12 percent), and lower middle class (26 percent).

XV

4th Quarter | 2012

America’s To Do List

But in contrast to Washington’s near exclusive focus on the budgetary standoff, the public expresses nearly equal concern about an array of other economic challenges, including the availability of jobs, Medicare and Social Security; quality of education; and rising costs of college and health care.

XIV

4th Quarter | 2012

Getting Ahead

The survey also uncovers a remarkable history of upward mobility among Americans, and it sheds light on the challenges and obstacles faced by Americans in their continued efforts to “get ahead.” Americans remain steadfast in the belief that America is the “land of opportunity,” and {a solid majority} most believe they’re living the American Dream. Most are confident in their ability to reach a level of financial comfort and security in their lives, and they believe the American economy offers opportunities to get ahead for those willing to work for it. The vast majority of Americans say that, apart from some occasional ups and downs, they’ve been able to get ahead throughout their lives, and they are confident in their ability to do so into the near future.

XIII

2nd Quarter | 2012

Networked Nation

Now, both groups are talking – not only with their voices, but also with their fingers on a mouse or smartphone. Consumers now tap into their collective power providing instant feedback to companies, causes, and candidates, while corporations are utilizing social media technologies to better understand the desires of their consumers and try to provide better products and services. The survey measures how technology and social media are transforming the relationship between individuals and institutions.

XII

1st Quarter | 2012

Gender

This survey catalogues experiences of men and women in their home, family, and professional life, and gathers perspectives on the idea of opportunity in society and the workplace in the present day and how opportunity has and will change across generations. The survey also measures Americans’ opinions about the changing gender profile of the country’s workforce and what factors contribute to the continuing wage gap.

XI

4th Quarter | 2011

Retirement

The data suggests that the Great Recession and the economic uncertainty of recent years have had a significant impact on the future plans and expectations of Americans on the brink of retirement. And, among many Americans, the definition of retirement appears to be changing with increasing expectations about working into their older years.

X

4th Quarter | 2011

Americans Reject Debt

It is therefore not surprising to see data that shows Americans to be pessimistic about the direction of the country and lukewarm about where the economy is headed over the next year.