U.S. Business Sectors Gain or Hold Steady in Public Esteem

Americans’ overall impressions of six major sectors of the U.S. economy grew significantly more positive this year. Farming and agriculture saw the biggest improvement, with 70% now viewing it positively, up 15 percentage points from 2016. Americans are also more positive about education, the computer, real estate and sports industries, […] Read more »

Americans’ views of trade aren’t just about economics. They’re also about race.

As U.S. trade officials gear up this week to begin renegotiating NAFTA, the trade pact with Canada and Mexico, what do voters really think about trade agreements? … In my new book, “American Opinion on Trade,” I found that one influence on support for protectionism is a factor that others […] Read more »

Views on Power and Influence in Washington

Most Americans say they have too little power in Washington these days, according to a new survey by The AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Three in 4 Americans say they have too little influence in Washington and 76 percent say poor people have too little influence. Majorities say that […] Read more »

Confidence Boomed After the Election. The Economy Hasn’t.

After Donald J. Trump won the presidential election, Americans’ optimism about the economic future soared. But midway through the year, that optimism has not translated into concrete economic gains. This seeming contradiction exposes a reality about the role of psychology in economics — or more specifically, how psychology is connected […] Read more »