March 5, 2008 – With the 2008 presidential election in full swing, a recent Gallup poll has found roughly 50 percent of Americans are worried that they will not be able to maintain their current standard of living. More than 50 percent of those polled pointed to an increased number of people losing their jobs and the outsourcing of jobs overseas as creating a financial burden for their families.
Other factors the poll found was negatively impacting the financial situation of families included:
• The rise in gasoline and home heating prices (86%)
• The rise in food prices (76 %)
• The rise in healthcare costs (74 %)
• The rise in college costs (57 %)
• Problems in the housing market (47 %)
Read more about the poll here.