The general sense that prices have risen rapidly in recent years is much more prevalent now than at the beginning of the Bush administration; overall, 79% of the public says that over the past five years prices have risen "a lot"; in June 2001, 63% said that prices had increased a great deal over the previous five years. Rising prices — for gasoline or energy, health care or overall inflation — are mentioned most frequently as the nation's biggest economic problem.

The Daily Number is a statistic, updated every weekday and typically drawn from Pew Research Center project findings, that highlights an important trend.

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