Key findings Among the more than 1,000 Americans surveyed:
- More than one in four people are losing sleep over their current financial situation.
- Sixty-three percent said they are sometimes or frequently anxious about their financial situation.
- Forty-two percent said they feel stuck in their current financial situation.
- Nearly two in five of those surveyed who have student loans don’t think those loans were worth it.
How those individual fears play out on the national scene when voters head to the polls next year is yet to be seen, but the Economic Anxiety Index – which will be released periodically throughout the election cycle – is an important metric of which the 2016 presidential candidates should take note.
“We at Edison Research are proud to partner with Marketplace on this unique inquiry into the economic and financial state of mind of the American public,” said Larry Rosin, president of Edison Research. “We worked together to find the answers to questions that have not been asked before and the results are enlightening.”