Just days before the historic plunge in the Dow Jones Industrial Average on Monday, 20% of Americans had seriously considered taking their money out of the stock market and 8% already had. But a majority (51%) were not too worried, or not worried at all about the money they have in banks.
Gallup tracks daily the percentage of employed Americans who, based on what they know or have seen, report that their company or employer is hiring new people and expanding the size of its workforce, not changing the size of its workforce, or letting people go and reducing the size of its workforce. Daily results are based on telephone interviews with approximately 1,700 working adults; Margin of error is ±3 percentage points.
Chief Economist Dennis Jacobe updates Gallup's report on the behavioral economy with the latest data on consumer confidence, Christmas spending, and the overall psychological effects of the economic crisis on Americans' perceptions of their own financial wellbeing.