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Gallup Poll Shows Americans Are Becoming Increasingly Worried About Finances

Americans have become progressively worried about their finances over the past year, according to a new poll from Gallup released on Monday.

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  • 10 May, 2022 08:43

By S. Abrahams


The survey displays that the percentage of Americans who are worried about numerous aspects of their finances has climbed from 2021, a year that had seen a widespread decline in worry about finances compared to 2020.


  • 40% of Americans in 2022 are "very or moderately worried" about not having enough money to pay their typical monthly bills.
  •  32% said the same in 2021.
  • 43% said the same in 2020.
  • 52% in 2022 are worried about maintaining their standard of living.
  • 45% said the same in 2021.
  • 48% said the same in 2020.
  • 63% in 2022 are worried about not having enough money for retirement.
  • 58% said the same in 2021.
  • 59% said the same in 2020.
  • 56% in 2022 are worried about being unable to pay medical costs for a serious illness or accident.
  • 54% said the same in 2021 and in 2020.


Gallup notes that this is the first survey since 2016 that show most Americans are worried about upholding their standard of living. According to Gallup, worry about these financial matters is "strongly correlated with income," as "worry among middle- and upper-income Americans have not changed meaningfully on most items, while the rates have soared among those in households making less than $40,000 per year."


The poll surveyed 1,018 adults across the country from April 1-19, 2022 with a margin of error of +/- 4 percentage points.