Looking for a Good Job? Now’s the Time. Or Not.

Officials at Gallup poll apparently broke out the rose-colored glasses when they reported Thursday that Americans are more optimistic about the availability of good jobs. Of the 1,510 people polled, a majority of people ages 50 to 64 (78 percent), and 65-plus (79 percent), say that now is actually a bad time to find what Gallup said was a quality job. Younger folks were only slightly less pessimistic. Sixty percent of people ages 18 to 29, and 65 percent of …

What’s the ‘Perfect’ Age?

If you could skip through time and live forever at a certain point in life, what age would it be? Given our traditionally youth-obsessed culture and penchant for nostalgia, you might guess that most Americans would choose to be perpetual teenagers. Well, guess again. According to a new Harris poll, Americans overall consider the ideal age to be 50. Just a decade ago, the average respondents pegged the perfect age as 41. Turn your goals and dreams into Real Possibilities …

Thank Unions for the Weekend, or Blame Them for Everything Else?

Americans continue to be widely divided about labor unions, according to Gallup’s annual Labor Day poll. This year’s approval rating rose slightly above the last two years, from 52 percent to 54 percent. That’s still pretty close to the all-time low of 48 percent in 2009. The all-time high: 75 percent in the mid-1950s. Although from a dyed-in-the-wool union family, I, like America, am split on unions. My grandpa Sam sewed furs and was an officer in the International Fur …

The Constantly Moving Target of Debt Freedom

In my line of work as a professional cheapskate, a week rarely passes when I don’t receive a money-related press release or see a news item that leaves me shaking my head about people’s attitudes and behavior when it comes to money.  Adlai E. Stevenson said it 50+ years ago, but it’s apparently all the more true today.  Stevenson said:  “There was a time when a fool and his money were soon parted, but now it seems to happen to …

Do You Think the Justice System Is Biased? Depends on Your Age

Is there bias in the U.S. criminal justice system? Unpublished data from a recent Gallup poll point up marked differences in views divided not only by race but also by age. Forty-one percent of 18- to 29-year-olds thought the justice system was biased against blacks. The number dropped to 32 percent for 50- to 64-year-olds and to 26 percent for age 65 and older. (That 15 percentage point difference between the oldest and youngest generations has narrowed by 21 points …

How Will Older Voters Lean in 2014?

Older voters are hot commodities as both parties gear up for next year’s mid-term elections. After all, they tend to vote in disproportionately higher numbers, especially in midterm elections. Though traditionally identified as Democratic, the group voted heavily Republican in the 2010 midterm and, to a lesser extent, in 2012. But recent surveys by a Democratic polling firm might show early signs of the pendulum swinging back, political analyst Charlie Cook writes for the National Journal. In the most recent …