Man with umbrella facing storm Respondents listed both financial and housing instability as a top issue, but health care, childcare and debt are also worrying issues. (Photo: Shutterstock)

A survey of 25,000 Americans reveals a pessimistic mood among many as the pandemic recedes—they feel their financial situation has deteriorated, and they see serious challenges for the future.

The survey was conducted by McKinsey and Company, along with polling firm Ipsos, in the spring of this year. The management consulting giant called the results, “sobering.” The report said that many Americans feel there is inequal access to opportunity and are not sure the situation will improve.

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