Life's Basics More of a Stretch Low-wage workers, like Regino Romero, are struggling to pay the bills and raise a family in an economy that has left them behind.
Poll results The top ten answers respondents gave when asked to describe their financial situation in one word.
VIDEO Regino Romero, who has worked as a chef for 14 years, spends every day trying to balance paying the bills with ensuring his three children get what they need to succeed. Watch the Video »
Live Discussion Hurt and Hope Among Low-Wage Workers National economics reporter Mike Fletcher and polling director Jon Cohen were online Monday, August 4 at 1 p.m. ET to discuss The Washington Post's ongoing series on low-wage workers.
Resources Links to other studies and profiles of low-wage America:
Methodology The Washington Post, in partnership with the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and Harvard University conducted a poll of 1,350 randomly selected low-wage workers nationwide.
About the series The Washington Post is examining the plight of low-wage workers, who have been hardest hit by both the ongoing economic downturn and the larger forces of the new economy. A national poll of 1,350 low-wage workers found that they have endured stagnant wages, pervasive job losses and growing fiscal uncertainty. Yet, most remain hopeful about the future.
After a story drawing a portrait of low-wage workers, the series will zoom in on the survey's major findings over the coming weeks.
Part Two: Politics Obama Leads, Pessimism Reigns Among Key Group Low-wage workers' politics are partly shaped by their lot in the current economy: Many are insecure about their finances, but many are optimistic about the future even as they express deep suspicion about government. Read More »
Part Three: Foreign-Born Workers Clinging to Dreams of a Better Life Foreign-born low-wage workers are finding it harder to attain economic security in America, but their faith in the "American dream" is still strong. They are more optimistic about the future and more satisfied with their jobs and wages than native-born workers and have even higher hopes for their children. Read More »
Part Four: Coping Life's Basics More of a Stretch Low-wage workers, like Regino Romero, are struggling to pay the bills and raise a family in an economy that has left them behind. Read More »
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