#1. 70% of Americans struggling to make ends meet this year
According to the latest poll conducted among 2,000 US adults, 7 out of 10 Americans say they will struggle to make ends meet this year. 47% of them will take extra steps to make up for the loss of income by working extra hours or picking up seasonal jobs, and over one-third of employed Americans (36%) say they rely on financial assistance programs offered by their employer for financial guidance and advice. These programs will become particularly helpful in the run-up to Christmas. While these results make for rather gloomy reading, the report adds that 54% of Americans feel hopeful that the economy will improve by the end of this year – mirroring a similar poll conducted by Gallup, which claims that despite the hardship, 56% of Americans feel better off today than they did four years ago.