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Behind the Numbers: February 20, 2011 - February 26, 2011

Public opinion on the biggest economic worries

The Commerce Department reported Friday that the economy expanded in the 4th quarter of 2010 more slowly than first thought. That's bad news for people looking for relief from three years of a very tough economy, and sure to keep the economy atop the priority list. But not all Americans have the same economic concerns.

By Peyton M. Craighill  | February 25, 2011; 10:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Economy, Race  
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Unions and the Obama administration

By a wide 17-point margin, Americans in union households say Democrats are more likely than Republicans to understand the economic problems people are having (43 to 26 percent).

Just over a third of those in union households in a new poll from The Washington Post, the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health say President Obama's economic program is making things better, far from a majority, but a higher number than among non-union households.

By Jon Cohen  | February 22, 2011; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Economy, Post Polls  
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Race and recession poll: African Americans big on optimism

The sharp optimism among African Americans in the face of a dreadful recession is the lead finding from the new the Washington Post-Kaiser-Harvard poll.

This black optimism comes through on a variety of measures; 85 percent are optimistic about the future, 62 percent say their personal finances will improve over the next year, 59 percent think America's best years are yet to come regarding the job market and 32 percent say the economy is now recovering (low relatively speaking, but well above what whites and Hispanics say about recovery).

By Peyton M. Craighill  | February 22, 2011; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Race  
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Will your children be better off? Results from the race & recession poll

African Americans are the most likely to say their children will have a better standard of living in the future, another mark of optimism among multiple indicators from the latest Washington Post-Kaiser-Harvard poll on race and the recession.

By Peyton M. Craighill  | February 21, 2011; 4:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Race  | Tags:  African Americans, Blacks, Harvard University, Hispanics, Kaiser Family Foundation, School of Public helath, Washington Post poll, better, children, kids, race and recession poll, standard of living, whites, worse  
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