Coping with The Crash

While traders panicked and economists wrung their hands over the stock-market meltdown, the public at large seemed relatively unfazed: 70% of 810 Americans polled for TIME last Thursday by Yankelovich Clancy Shulman* said the market fall had no effect on their family's finances. Behind the general nonchalance, however, the survey found an undercurrent of anxiety: 46% said they were more worried now than before Monday's rout about America's economic future. Among the poll's findings:

What is to be done?

Sixty-one percent of the respondents believed the stock-market crash will hurt all Americans, not just the wealthy. Though most people said they...

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