The fourth installment covered trends in 2009 including how Americans navigated the economic downturn as well as a look ahead to 2010. As discussed in a National Journal Feature Article, this survey found that Americans are looking forward to a fresh start with a sense of hope in the New Year but that sense of optimism is tempered by personal experience and persistent economic challenges. The survey examined the public policies of the Obama administration and their affects on the middle class. Finally, Heartland IV probed the financial literacy challenges and needs of Americans.
View the Heartland Poll IV: 2009 Year in Review data or our press release on the survey.