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 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.
A big obstacle for House Republicans eager to slash the federal budget deficit may be that Republicans nationally tend to shy away from spending cuts in many major government programs.
A growing number of Americans consider the accelerating trend toward globalization a bad thing for the United States. At the same time, a majority now see being the world's No. 1 economic power as an important national goal.
President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday offers an opportunity to focus the nation's attention on the policy priorities for the year ahead - but the public is already honed in on Topic A, the economy.
Barely more than a third of all Americans rate the country's ability to compete economically in positive terms, according to a new Washington Post poll.