The Nation

Americans believe it now takes at least $302 a week for a husband, wife and two children to make ends meet, the highest figure recorded in Gallup surveys since 1937, but statistically unchanged from the amounts recorded in each of the last three years, according to the latest Gallup Poll. The sharply lower inflation rate during this period is reflected in this trend. According to the federal consumer price index, living costs for 1984 were only 4% higher than the comparable 1983 period.

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