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Anxiety Index®

How do you feel about your financial situation?

Marketplace Staff Mar 14, 2016
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Marketplace rolled out the second part of a poll this week with Edison Research about how much anxiety people are feeling about the state of the economy and their finances. 

We also decided to head out to Los Angeles and New York to ask people on the streets how they felt about their financial situation. Here’s what some folks said:

No I dont feel secure because anything can happen and no matter how much you prepare there’s always that other thing you missed. –Vanessa Bethel, New York City

You got to be very wealthy to live in this place, to feel secure. So it’s tough, I’m barely scraping by. –Elias Ellis, Brooklyn

I don’t get paid that much, so yeah. I am optimistic in kind of long term thinking but not in the next 2 years –Jean Lee, New York City

I would say I feel secure for the moment, but I’m looking for jobs for post-graduation in about 3 months. I’ll feel anxious if I don’t find something by then. –Andrew Tabas, New York City

I’m saving, I don’t have any debt, and I make enough money to support my lifestyle. -Nicole, Los Angeles 

I have a family to support, but I think that I don’t have enough savings. -Capol, Los Angeles 

I’ve been saving for retirement since I was 20. So, I think I’m in a good position. –Sarah, Los Angeles

I feel that we’re in a crisis right now. I cant find a job – there’s just too many people. –Elizabeth, Los Angeles

Click the audio player above to hear more about the Anxiety Index. 

Take our quiz here to see how anxious you are feeling about the economy. 

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