With the economy having gone to seed in so many ways, it's hard to choose the one aspect that merits worrying about most. But a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll asked people to do just that. Forty-seven percent cited inflation, while 19 percent mentioned the mortgage/house-price crisis. Unemployment and high taxes were each cited as chief worry by 13 percent, while just 5 percent pointed to the stock market's gyrations.
The survey also asked respondents to pick the category whose recent price rises concern them most. While food made a significant showing (with 23 percent of the mentions), gasoline was still the champ (68 percent). The rest picked "other goods and services" (5 percent) or said they're equally worried by all sorts of inflation (3 percent).