How has the boom/bust economy of recent years affected Americans' perennial
optimism? A BusinessWeek/Harris Poll of 1,022 adults, conducted July
20-25, found that most Americans believe the good times will return soon.
Still, this outlook is tempered by a sense that the Brave New World of
technology may not be quite the panacea it was once thought to be. Here's
the complete poll (a shorter version was included in the print edition):
Now, for the turnaround
How optimistic or pessimistic are you that the U.S. can avoid a lengthy
downturn marked by more large-scale job layoffs, further weakness in the
stock market, and a decline in Americans' living standards?
On a scale from 1 to 7, where 7 means "The country's economy is extremely
strong", 4 means "The economy is neither growing nor shrinking," and 1
means "The country is in a severe recession", where do you think the
country is headed?
How much do you agree or disagree with the following statements--do you
strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree?
Investors must be willing to bear greater financial risks to assure higher
return on investments
The federal government should take a more activist role in assuring
People got too carried away with the promise of technology to improve
Shakier now than before...
Are you more or less confident in the economy today than you were a year
...But the future is ours
How confident are you that after the economic downturn ends, America can
return to rapid economic growth, rising incomes, and good job opportunities?
What about your kids' tomorrow?
Do you expect your children will have a better life than you have had, a
worse life, or a life about as good as yours?
A question of leadership
How would you rate the job these people or groups are doing?
On privatizing Social Security
President Bush supports partial privatization of Social Security, which he
would accomplish by letting individuals invest a portion of payroll taxes
in stocks and other investments, with the goal to raise investment returns
and assure a better retirement system. How strongly do you support or
oppose this proposal?
Which of the following statements comes closest to your views?