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Survey of Americans and Economists on the Economy – Toplines (Part 5)

37. What is your employment status? Are you: (General Public)

Employed full-time 53 Employed part-time 10 Home-maker 8 Retired 18 Student 4 Unemployed: Looking for work 5 Unemployed: Not looking for work 2 No opinion *
38. (If employed) Do you work for someone else or are you self-employed?

Work for someone else Self-employed No
opinion General Public 84 15 * Economists 92 7 1
39. (If employed) Do you work for a company or institution that has fewer than 25 employees, or do you work for a larger company or institution?

Small Company Larger Company No
opinion General Public 20 80 *
40. (If employed) Do you think you will still be working at the same company or institution five years from now, or not?

Yes No No
opinion General Public 54 43 3 Economists 69 24 7
41. (If employed) How many years have you worked at your current job? (General Public)

Less than one year 13 1-2 years 18 3-4 years 17 5-6 years 10 7-9 years 10 10-19 years 19 20-29 years 9 30+ years 5 No opinion *
Mean 8.5
42. (If employed) Thinking about your current job, do you think your educational background is about right, too little, or more than is needed for the job?

About right Too little More than is needed No
opinion General Public 62 13 25 *
43. (If employed) What is your occupation?

Man/Prof (Net) 37 Professional/Technical 23 Manager/Administrator 14 Clerical/Sales (Net) 24 Sales worker 7 Clerical 17 Skilled (Net) 21 Craft 15 Operatives (Except Transport) 6 Unskilled (Net) 16 Transport Operatives 4 Laborers 1 Service Workers 10 Farm Laborers * Farmers and Farm Managers 1 Military 1 Housewife * Student * Other *
44. Are you currently married, living as married, widowed, divorced, separated, or have you never been married? (General Public)

Currently married 53 Living as married 4 Widowed 8 Divorced 12 Separated 3 Never been married 21 No opinion 0
45. (If ever been married) Have you gotten separated or divorced during the past five years?

Yes No No
opinion General Public 14 86 * 46. (If married or living as married) What is your spouse’s or partner’s employment status? Is he/she: (General Public)

Employed full-time 61 Employed part-time 8 Home-maker 10 Retired 16 Student 1 Unemployed: Looking for work 3 Unemployed: Not looking for work 1 No opinion *
47. (If married or living as married) What is your spouse’s or partner’s occupation?

Man/Prof (Net) 40 Professional/Technical 24 Manager/Administrator 15 Clerical/Sales (Net) 22 Sales worker 5 Clerical 17 Skilled (Net) 19 Craft 13 Operatives (Except Transport) 6 Unskilled (Net) 17 Transport Operatives 3 Laborers 2 Service Workers 12 Farm Laborers 0 Farmers and Farm Managers 1 Military 1 Housewife * Other *
48. Do you have any children under the age of 30?

Yes No No
opinion General Public 51 49 0 Economists 73 27 0
49. (Of those with children under age 30) When they reach your age, do you expect them to enjoy a higher or lower standard of living than you do now, or do you expect it to be about the same?

Higher Lower About the same No
opinion General Public 49 15 36 * Economists 46 16 36 1
50. Do you have any children under age 18 living in your household?

Yes No No
opinion General Public 66 34 0
51. Do you have any children older than age 18 living in your household?

Yes No No
opinion General Public 14 86 0


Methodology

The two surveys reported on in this report are the third installment of a series from a joint project by The Washington Post, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and Harvard University. The survey was designed and analyzed by all three partners and conducted by Chilton Research Services. Telephone interviews of 1,511 random-sample adults were conducted nationwide from July 22 through August 2, 1996. The margin error in the nationwide sample is plus or minus 3 percentage points. A companion survey of 250 economists was also conducted. Telephone interviews based on a random sample of economists belonging to the American Economic Association was conducted between July 17 and July 31, 1996. Randomly selected economists who said they were a member of the American Economic Association, employed full time as an economist, have a Ph.D. in economics and consider one of their professional specialties to be domestic economic policy, were interviewed and included in the survey. The margin of error on the economist sample is plus or minus 7 percentage points.

* indicates less than 0.5%

Note: Some question totals may not add up to 100% due to rounding.

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