Marketplace® and Edison Research Partner on Poll That Finds America’s Economic Anxiety at Record Low

Despite trade wars and new tariff laws, Americans are less anxious about the current economy than previous four years

LOS ANGELES--()--A new poll released this week by Marketplace® and Edison Research indicates fewer Americans describe themselves as anxious about their financial situation than they have in the past four years. And while fewer people are losing sleep over concerns about their personal financial situation, the Economic Anxiety Index® score for Democrats and Independents remained relatively unchanged since 2018, but it is dramatically lower among Republicans.

Since 2015, Marketplace and Edison Research have used poll responses to develop the Economic Anxiety Index®, a unique measure of the American economy. The number, on a scale from 0-100, is calculated from answers to a battery of questions. The Economic Anxiety Index® describes just how stressed out people feel about their personal financial situations. The higher the number, the more economic stress someone is feeling.

The Economic Anxiety Index® mean score across all demographics for the latest poll is 28. The index has reached an all-time low since its inception and has been steadily decreasing since the 2016 presidential election, when the score was 36.

As part of an ongoing focus at Marketplace on the workplace, this year’s poll asked questions on employee benefits and office culture. The poll coincides with the launch of Marketplace’s new Workplace Culture desk, covered by award-winning journalist Meghan McCarty Carino. Carino spent most of her career at Southern California Public Radio (SCPR), where she was first a producer and then a reporter, most recently covering commuting and mobility. Marketplace will release a steady drumbeat of reporting on the most pressing problems in the working world, emerging solutions, the culture of the workplace and what these changes mean in everyday life.

Additional key findings

A majority of workers would prefer a four-day workweek composed of 10-hour days instead of a five-day workweek of eight-hour days (63%). There are also some elements that a job can offer that are more important to younger or older workers. Opportunities for advancement are more important to 18- to 34-year-olds (71%) than to those 35 or older (58%).

A majority of American workers (68%) think that a warm, friendly work environment is a very important element of a job. However, almost half (48%) of workers have been yelled at by a co-worker or have yelled at someone they work with (35%). More than a quarter of Americans have felt their health or safety was at risk while at work. Hispanics were much more likely to express concern over their health and safety (39%) compared to African Americans (28%) and whites (26%).

For those with student loans, many say taking on debt for their education was not worth it (38%).

Read more about the findings from latest Marketplace-Edison Research Poll and the Economic Anxiety Index® at

Marketplace-Edison Research Poll methodology

The Marketplace Edison Research Poll is a national survey of Americans 18 and older. A total of 1,066 respondents were interviewed, with 500 interviews conducted by telephone and 566 interviews conducted online. The interviews were conducted from May 6-13, 2019.

The data was weighted to match the most recent United States population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau for age, gender, race, income and region of the country.

About Marketplace

Marketplace® is on a mission to raise the economic intelligence of the country. Its core programs — “Marketplace®,” “Marketplace Morning Report®” and “Marketplace Tech®” — are broadcast on more than 800 public radio stations nationwide and heard by 14 million weekly listeners. Marketplace podcasts including “Make Me Smart with Kai & Molly,” “The Uncertain Hour®” and “Corner Office” can be found at or on your favorite podcast app. The Marketplace portfolio of programs is produced and distributed by American Public Media®, one of the largest producers and distributors of public radio programming in the world. For more information on Marketplace, visit, follow us on Twitter @marketplace or like us on Facebook. For more information on American Public Media, visit

About American Public Media

American Public Media® is the national programming division of Minnesota Public Radio® and reaches 20 million weekly listeners via approximately 1,000 radio stations nationwide each week. APM is one of the largest producers and distributors of public radio programming in the world, with a portfolio that includes BBC World Service, Marketplace®, and the leading classical music programs in the nation. APM offers a diverse array of podcasts featuring the best in food, culture, entertainment, business and investigative journalism. For more information on APM, visit

Source: Data are copyright Nielsen Audio. Data are estimates only.

About Edison Research

Since its founding in 1994, Edison Research has conducted over 13,000 research assignments in 50 countries. Edison works with a broad array of commercial clients, governments and NGOs, including AMC Theatres, The Brookings Institution, Disney, the Gates Foundation, Google, the U.S. International Broadcasting Bureau, Oracle, Pandora, the Pew Research Center, Samsung, Spotify, SiriusXM Radio and Univision Communications.

Since 2004, Edison Research has been the sole provider of Election Day data to the National Election Pool, conducting exit polls and collecting precinct vote returns to project and analyze results for every major presidential primary and general election. Edison conducts more than 100,000 interviews in a single day for this project. For the 2020 U.S. elections, Edison will provide exit polls and will tabulate the national vote across every county in the United States for ABC News, CBS News, CNN and NBC News.


PR Contact
Alison Ver Meulen
Manager, Communications, Marketplace


PR Contact
Alison Ver Meulen
Manager, Communications, Marketplace