Americans' top financial concern is not having enough money for retirement, followed by unexpected medical costs and maintaining their standard of living. A majority of Americans have been worried about retirement savings since 2001.
Paying tuition or college loans far exceeds other money matters as the top financial challenge young adults in the U.S. say they face today. Older adults have a mix of top concerns that include healthcare and paying debts or bills.
Four in 10 U.S. workers say they could go no more than a month before experiencing financial hardship if they lost their job. However, relatively few workers, 16%, think it is likely they would lose their job.
Less than half of Americans (42%) have confidence in President Barack Obama on the economy -- the lowest figure Gallup has on record for Obama. New lows were also found for Democratic (35%) and Republican leaders in Congress (24%).
Americans now say real estate is the best choice for long-term investments over gold and stocks. Lower-income Americans, however, still favor gold. Younger Americans are divided on what is the best option.