Main concerns about the U.S. economy that could impact back-to-school shopping 2015

This survey attempts to explain the main concerns about the US economy that could impact back-to-school shopping from 2012 to 2015. In 2013, 65 percent of the respondents surveyed said that higher food prices are the main reason impacting their back-to-school shopping.

What are your biggest concerns you have about the U.S. economy that could impact your back-to-school shopping?

2012201320142015
Higher food prices68%65%64%60%
Higher medical bills and/or premiums46%54%44%46%
Higher energy prices63%60%55%40%
Personal debt level is still high35%38%42%40%
Political unrest in other countries**--28%29%
Lack of improvement in the job market**--33%28%
Higher taxes*-53%41%-
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Source

Release date

July 2015

Region

United States

Survey time period

July 5 to 8, 2015

Number of respondents

1,015 respondents

Special properties

parents of school-aged children

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

All respondents had at least one child attending school in grades K - 12 this fall.
* No 2012 and 2015 data available for "higher taxes" answer choice.
** No data prior to 2014 available.
Answer choices below 41 percent not represented.

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