CNN Poll: Is Bush still to blame for economy?
February 6th, 2014
04:01 PM ET
9 months ago

CNN Poll: Is Bush still to blame for economy?

Washington (CNN) - Although nearly two-thirds of Americans still give the nation's economy a thumbs down, the percentage who rate the current economic conditions as good now stands at its highest level in six years, according to a new national poll.

And when it comes to the economic blame game, a CNN/ORC International survey released Thursday also indicates that the percentage of people who still blame former President George W. Bush and the Republicans more than President Barack Obama and the Democrats for the country's economic problems is dropping.

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Filed under: CNN/ORC poll • Economy • Polls
Poll: Majority of Americans want government to reduce income gap
February 5th, 2014
06:00 AM ET
9 months ago

Poll: Majority of Americans want government to reduce income gap

(CNN) – A majority of Americans surveyed believe the government should work to reduce the income gap between rich and the poor, according to a new national poll.

A CNN/ORC International survey released Wednesday indicates more than six in 10 Americans strongly or somewhat agree that the government should work to narrow that gap, compared to 30% who believe it should not.

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Filed under: CNN/ORC International poll • Economy
Obamacare may push people out of the workforce
February 4th, 2014
02:21 PM ET
9 months ago

Obamacare may push people out of the workforce

New York (CNNMoney) - Many workers may opt to work less to retain their eligibility for Medicaid or federal subsidies under Obamacare, a new report has found.

The Affordable Care Act could reduce the labor force by the equivalent of 2.5 million workers in 2024, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office's annual outlook.

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Filed under: Economy • Obamacare
Obama economic adviser: Class warfare charges are 'hyperventilation'
January 31st, 2014
11:53 AM ET
9 months ago

Obama economic adviser: Class warfare charges are 'hyperventilation'

Washington (CNN) – With the White House seizing on income inequality as a key issue ahead of this year’s midterm elections, President Barack Obama’s top economic adviser on Friday brushed off “class warfare” charges from the nation’s wealthiest citizens as “hyperventilation."

Appearing at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast in Washington, Jason Furman, Chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, was asked how the administration plans to talk about inequality without stoking paranoia among the rich.
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Filed under: Economy • President Obama
State of the Union: Economy - for many, a slow recovery
January 27th, 2014
11:07 AM ET
9 months ago

State of the Union: Economy - for many, a slow recovery

(CNN) – President Barack Obama entered office amid the deepest recession since the Great Depression. Five years later, the economy is certainly on stronger footing than it was back then, but deep scars remain.

At around $16 trillion a year, the United States produces more in annual economic output than ever before. Home prices are rising again, businesses have been adding jobs for four straight years and the stock market recently reached all-time highs.

CNN's live, comprehensive coverage of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address starts at 7 p.m. ET Tuesday. Go to CNN.com for complete coverage or take it with you on your iPhone, iPad or Android.
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Filed under: CNNMoney.com • Economy • State of the Union
Rand Paul clarifies comments about poverty and unwanted pregnancies
January 26th, 2014
10:10 AM ET
9 months ago

Rand Paul clarifies comments about poverty and unwanted pregnancies

(CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul on Sunday clarified comments he made last week about the government's role in discouraging women from having children out of wedlock as a way to stem poverty.

The Republican senator from Kentucky said on CNN's "State of the Union" that he didn't "come up with a policy prescription," such as limiting government aid, but rather said it's up to communities to resolve the problem, which he called the No. 1 cause of poverty in the country.
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Filed under: Economy • Rand Paul • TV-State of the Union
50 years of the 'war on poverty'
January 12th, 2014
11:54 AM ET
10 months ago

Lawmakers agree poverty level is high, disagree on how to solve it

Washington (CNN) - Nearly 50 million. That’s how many Americans are living in poverty today. It’s an obvious problem, but unfortunately without an obvious solution.

President Barack Obama last week announced economic “Promise Zones,” aimed at hard-hit areas, where the administration is trying to attract investments for improving job creation, education, affordable housing and overall economic security.
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Filed under: Chris Van Hollen • Economy
Weekly addresses: Obama, Sen. Cochran look ahead in 2014
January 11th, 2014
12:47 PM ET
10 months ago

Weekly addresses: Obama, Sen. Cochran look ahead in 2014

Washington (CNN) – This year will be a year of change, according to President Obama and Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Mississippi.

In separate weekly addresses, both promised action on what they consider the most important issues the country faces - the economy and Obamacare, respectively.
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Filed under: Economy • GOP weekly address • Obamacare • President Obama
Poll: Many Americans feel economy isn't improving
December 27th, 2013
07:29 AM ET
10 months ago

Poll: Many Americans feel economy isn't improving

New York (CNNMoney) – Despite a recent string of positive economic news, Americans say they aren't feeling the improvements.

A new CNN/ORC poll released Friday showed people were pessimistic that the economy was improving. Nearly 70% said the economy is generally in poor shape, and only 32% rated it good.

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Filed under: CNN/ORC International poll • CNNMoney.com • Economy • Polls
Poll: Economy still looms large over Christmas
December 24th, 2013
09:10 AM ET
10 months ago

Poll: Economy still looms large over Christmas

(CNN) - While Americans may still deck the halls and stuff the stockings this Christmas, a new poll finds that the state of the economy is playing a major role in how Americans will celebrate it in 2013.

According to the CNN/ORC International poll, Americans plan to curtail their Christmas gift giving and charitable contributions due to economic concerns, while a sizable minority of Americans, 37%, report that the economy will make the Christmas holiday more stressful.

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Filed under: CNN/ORC International poll • Economy
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