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   Economic Outlook, Personal Finances, Consumer Behavior

 
 

CNN/ORC Poll. May 29-June 1, 2014. N=1,003 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"As you may know, the financial crisis of 2008 caused severe problems for the nation's economy. Which of the following statements comes closest to your view of the economic conditions today? The economy has completely recovered from the problems it faced in 2008. The economy has started to recover but still faces most of those problems it faced in 2008. An economic recovery has not started but conditions have stabilized and are not getting worse. The economy is still in a downturn and conditions are continuing to worsen."

 
    Completely
recovered
Started
to recover
Stabilized Continuing
to worsen
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

5/29 - 6/1/14

3

40

31

27

1

             

"How likely do you think it is that the economy will experience a financial crisis in the next few years like the one that occurred in 2008? Do you think this is very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely, or not likely at all?"

 
    Very
likely
Somewhat
likely
Not too
likely
Not likely
at all
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

5/29 - 6/1/14

24

45

24

7

1

 

11/11-14/10

18

45

27

9

1

             

"Thinking about economic conditions in the past, including the availability of good jobs, the price of basic goods and services, and the ability to get ahead and plan for the future, in which era do you think the typical American family faced the best economic conditions: the 1950s, the 1960s, the 1970s, the 1980s, the 1990s, the period from 2000 to 2007, or the period from 2008 to today?"

 
    %        
 

1950s

12        
 

1960s

12        
 

1970s

10        
 

1980s

20        
 

1990s

26        
 

2000-2007

11        
 

2008 to today

7        
 

Unsure

2        

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by Hart Research Associates (D) and Public Opinion Strategies (R). March 5-9, 2014. N=approx. 500 adults nationwide.

             

"Right now, do you think the United States is in an economic recession, or not?"

 
    In a
recession
Not in a
recession
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/5-9/14

57

41

2

 

 

 

5/30 - 6/2/13

58

38

4

 

 

 

12/6-9/12

64

34

2

 

 

 

5/20-23/10

76

22

2

 

 


 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Feb. 27-March 2, 2014. N=1,002 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Regardless of whether or not the recession is over, in terms of your own personal experience, do you feel the economy has or has not begun to recover?"
3/13 & 5/13: "Now thinking about the economy, in terms of your own personal experience, do you feel the economy has or has not begun to recover?"

 
    Has Has not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

2/27 - 3/2/14

56

42

1

 

 

 

12/12-15/13

59

39

2

 

 

 
 

5/16-19/13

56

43

1

 

 

 

3/7-10/13

53

46

2

 

 

 
 

12/13-16/12

53

45

2

 

 

 

3/7-10/12

49

49

2

 

 

 

1/12-15/12

45

54

1

 

 

 

10/31 - 11/3/11

36

63

1

 

 

 

6/2-5/11

42

57

1

 

 

 

3/10-13/11

46

53

1

 

 

 

12/9-12/10

41

57

2

 

 

 

2/4-8/10

45

53

1

 

 

 

12/10-13/09

50

49

1

 

 


 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Dec. 12-15, 2013. N=1,005 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Do you think the country's economic recession is over, or do you think the economy is still in a recession?" Options rotated

 
    Recession
is over
Still in a
recession
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

12/12-15/13

19

79

3

 

 

 

12/13-16/12

21

76

3

 

 

 

4/5-8/12

21

76

4

 

 


 

McClatchy-Marist Poll. Dec. 3-5, 2013. N=600 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"When thinking about the U.S. economy, which statement comes closer to your view? The worst is yet to come. The worst is behind us."

 
    Worst is
yet to come
Worst is
behind us
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

12/3-5/13

55

42

3

 

 

 

12/4-6/12

53

42

5

 

 

 

3/20-22/12

45

49

6

 

 

 

11/8-10/11

53

41

5

 

 

 

9/13-14/11

61

35

3

 

 

 

8/2-4/11

68

27

6

 

 

 

6/15-23/11

53

42

6

 

 

 

4/10-14/11

57

39

4

 

 

 

1/6-10/11

39

54

7

 

 


 

Washington Post/Miller Center Poll. Sept. 6-12, 2013. N=1,509 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Would you say you feel more financially secure, less secure, or about as secure as you felt a few years ago?"

 
    More
secure
Less
secure
About as
secure
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

9/6-12/13

23

48

29

1

 


 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). Sept. 5-8, 2013. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"Over the past three to five years how much were you personally affected by the crises on Wall Street and in the mortgage and housing markets: a great deal, some, only a little, or not at all?"

 
    A great deal Some Only a little Not at all Unsure
    % % % % %
 

9/5-8/13

24

28

23

24

1


 

Pew Research Center. Sept. 4-8, 2013. N=1,506 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.9.

             

"Which of the following national economic issues worries you most? The job situation. Rising prices. The federal budget deficit. The condition of the financial and housing markets." Options rotated
3/13 & earlier: "Which of the following national economic issues worries you most? The job situation. Rising prices. The federal budget deficit. Problems in the financial and housing markets."

 
    Job
situation
Budget
deficit
Rising
prices
Financial
and housing
markets
Other
(vol.)/
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

9/4-8/13

40

24

22

10

4

 

3/13-17/13

32

27

29

9

3

 

12/5-9/12

40

25

22

10

3

 

9/1-4/11

43

22

17

11

8

 

7/20-24/11

39

29

15

11

6

 

5/25-30/11

38

28

20

10

4

 

3/8-14/11

34

24

28

10

4

 

2/2-7/11

44

19

23

10

5

             

"Overall, which of the following best describes how the recession affected your own
personal financial situation? It had a major effect, and your finances have not recovered. It
had a major effect, but your finances have mostly recovered. It didn't have a major effect
on your finances."

 
    Had a major
effect, not
recovered
Had a major
effect, mostly
recovered
Didn't have
a major
effect
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

9/4-8/13

33

28

37

2

 

 

1/11-16/12

36

28

33

4

 

 

3/8-14/11

40

24

34

2

 

 

2/2-7/11

36

25

37

1

 


 

McClatchy-Marist Poll. July 15-18, 2013. N=1,204 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.8.

             

"Do you think that the U.S. economy is currently in a recession or not?"

 
    Is Is not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/15-18/13

54

38

8

 

 

 

3/25-27/13

63

33

4

 

 

 

3/20-22/12

66

30

4

 

 

 

11/8-10/11

73

25

3

 

 

 

9/13-14/11

75

22

3

 

 

 

6/15-23/11

75

20

5

 

 

 

4/10-14/11

71

25

4

 

 

 

1/6-10/11

71

24

5

 

 


 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. May 16-19, 2013. N=1,001 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Thinking about the next 12 months, would you say you feel optimistic or pessimistic about the state of the national economy?" Options rotated

 
    Optimistic Pessimistic Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/16-19/13

53

41

5

 

 

 

12/13-16/12

48

49

3

 

 

 

2/19-22/09

48

50

2

 

 

 

12/11-14/08

48

50

3

 

 

             

"Thinking about the next 12 months, would you say you feel optimistic or pessimistic about your own family's financial situation?" Options rotated

 
    Optimistic Pessimistic Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/16-19/13

66

29

5

 

 

 

12/13-16/12

66

30

4

 

 

 

2/19-22/09

66

31

3

 

 

 

12/11-14/08

68

29

2

 

 


 

Pew Research Center. March 13-17, 2013. N=752 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.2.

             

"Which of these best describes your opinion? The economy is recovering. The economy is not yet recovering but will recover soon. It will be a long time before the economy recovers."

 
    Is
recovering
Will
recover soon
A long
time before
it recovers
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/13-17/13

27

31

40

2

 

 

10/24-28/12

30

31

36

3

 

 

9/12-16/12

25

30

43

1

 

 

2/8-12/12

25

29

44

3

 

 

3/30 - 4/3/11

20

24

54

2

 

 

2/2-7/11

24

33

42

2

 

 

12/1-5/10

17

33

48

2

 


 

Fox News Poll conducted by Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R). Feb. 4-6, 2013. N=1,010 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Thinking about the condition of the national economy, do you think the worst is over or is the worst yet to come?"

 
    Worst is
over
Worst is
yet to come
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

2/4-6/13

40

52

7

 

 

 

2/6-9/12

42

48

10

 

 

 

2/7-9/11

48

48

5

 

 


 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). Nov. 1-3, 2012. N=1,475 likely voters nationwide. Margin of error 2.6.
LV = likely voters. Among registered voters, except where noted.

             

"Do you think the U.S. economy is recovering or is not recovering?"

 
    Is
recovering
Is not
recovering
Mixed/In
between
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

11/1-3/12 LV

52

45

2

1

 

 

10/17-20/12

50

46

3

2

 

 

9/26-30/12

57

39

4

-

 

 

9/12-16/12

51

45

2

2

 

 

8/16-20/12

50

46

3

1

 

 

6/20-24/12 Adults

51

44

5

-

 


 

CNN/ORC Poll. Sept. 7-9, 2012. N=709 likely voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.
LV = likely voters. Among adults, expect where noted.

             

"And now I'd like you to compare your financial situation to what it was four years ago, during the last presidential election. Would you say that you are financially better off now than you were four years ago, or are you financially worse off?"

 
    Better off Worse off Same (vol.) Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

9/7-9/12 LV

37

42

19

1

 

 

5/29-31/12

44

43

11

1

 


 

CBS News Poll. Aug. 22-26, 2012. N=1,218 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Over the next few months, do you think the U.S. economy is probably headed into another recession, or do you think the U.S. economy is probably not headed into another recession?"

 
    Headed
into
recession
Not
headed into
recession
Already in
recession
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

8/22-26/12

42

42

5

11

 

 

10/19-24/11

44

40

5

11

 

             

"Is your family financially better off today than it was four years ago, worse off financially, or is it about the same as it was four years ago?"

 
    Better off Worse off About
the same
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

8/22-26/12

20

39

40

1

 

 

11/08

22

40

38

1

 


 

CNN/ORC Poll. Aug. 7-8, 2012. N=1,010 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Which of the following statements comes closest to your view of economic conditions today? The economy is starting to recover from the problems it faced in the past year or so. An economic recovery has not started but conditions have stabilized and are not getting any worse. The economy is still in a downturn and conditions are continuing to worsen."

 
    Starting to
recover
Stabilized Still in a
downturn
   
    % % %    
 

8/7-8/12

19

41

39

 

 

 

4/13-15/12

24

42

33

 

 

 

8/5-7/11

9

31

60

 

 

 

4/9-10/11

24

38

36

 

 

 

10/5-7/10

17

44

38

 

 

 

4/9-11/10

19

46

34

 

 

 

1/22-24/10

12

49

39

 

 

 

12/2-3/09

15

46

39

 

 

 

10/16-18/09

17

50

33

 

 

 

6/26-28/09

12

48

40

 

 


 

Fox News Poll conducted by Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R). June 24-26, 2012. N=912 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Do you think the nation's economy is getting better or worse?"

 
    Better Worse Staying the
same (vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

6/24-26/12

40

39

18

2

 

 

8/7-9/11

17

71

10

3

 

 

7/17-19/11

26

58

13

4

 


 

CNN/ORC Poll. May 29-31, 2012. N=1,009 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Next we are interested in how people's financial situation may have changed. Would you say that you are financially better off now than you were a year ago, or are you financially worse off?"

 
    Better off Worse off Same (vol.)    
    % % %    
 

5/29-31/12

37

43

20

 

 

             

"And now I'd like you to compare your financial situation to what it was four years ago, during the last presidential election when George W. Bush was still president. Would you say that you are financially better off now than you were four years ago, or are you financially worse off?" N=503 (Version B), margin of error 4.5

 
    Better off Worse off Same (vol.)    
    % % %    
 

5/29-31/12

47

41

12

 

 


 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. May 17-20, 2012. N=1,004 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Would you say you, yourself, are better off financially than you were when Obama became president, not as well off, or in about the same shape as then financially?"

 
    Better off Not as
well off
About
the same
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

5/17-20/12

16

30

53

1

 

 

1/12-15/12

15

30

54

1

 

 

10/31 - 11/3/11

13

34

52

1

 

 

8/29 - 9/1/11

15

35

50

-

 

 

7/15-18/09

8

27

64

-

 

             

"Thinking about your personal finances in the next few years, would you describe yourself as more hopeful, or as more anxious?" Options rotated

 
    Hopeful Anxious Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure
    % % % % %
 

5/17-20/12

58

38

1

2

1

             

"Thinking about the national economy in the next few years, would you describe yourself as more hopeful, or as more anxious?" Options rotated

 
    Hopeful Anxious Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure
    % % % % %
 

5/17-20/12

54

42

1

1

1


 

Quinnipiac University Poll. April 11-17, 2012. N=2,577 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 1.9.

             

"Are you better off or worse off financially today than you were four years ago?"

 
    Better Worse Same (vol.) Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

ALL

35

41

21

3

 

 

Republicans

24

55

19

2

 

 

Democrats

51

23

24

3

 

 

Independents

32

46

20

2

 

             

"During the next 12 months, do you think your own personal financial situation will get better, get worse, or stay about the same?"

 
    Better Worse Same (vol.) Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

ALL

32

13

51

4

 

 

Republicans

23

17

57

3

 

 

Democrats

40

7

50

4

 

 

Independents

32

14

49

4

 

             

"Do you think the United States economy is in a recession now?"

 
    Yes No Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/11-17/12

68

27

5

 

 

 

2/14-20/12

66

30

4

 

 

 

9/27 - 10/3/11

77

20

3

 

 

 

8/16-27/11

76

20

4

 

 

 

7/5-11/11

71

25

4

 

 

 

5/31 - 6/6/11

78

19

3

 

 

 

1/4-11/11

73

24

3

 

 

 

7/13-19/10

79

18

3

 

 

 

5/19-24/10

74

21

5

 

 

 

5/8-12/08

71

24

5

 

 

             

"Do you think the economy is beginning to recover or not?"

 
    Is Is not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/11-17/12

53

43

4

 

 

 

2/14-20/12

54

43

3

 

 

 

8/16-27/11

28

68

4

 

 

 

7/5-11/11

45

52

3

 

 

 

5/31 - 6/6/11

45

52

3

 

 

 

1/4-11/11

54

43

3

 

 

 

7/13-19/10

44

52

5

 

 


 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. April 5-8, 2012. N=1,003 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"Do you think the country's economic recession is over, or do you think the economy is still in a recession?" Options rotated

 
    Recession
is over
Still in a
recession
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/5-8/12

21

76

4

 

 

             

"Regardless of whether or not the recession is over, would you say the economy in your area is improving, or not improving?"

 
    Improving Not
improving
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/5-8/12

48

49

3

 

 


 

CNN/ORC Poll. March 24-25, 2012. N=1,014 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Thinking specifically about the economy, which of the following is the most important economic issue facing the country today? Unemployment. The federal budget deficit. The price of gasoline.* Taxes. Mortgages and housing costs. The stock market." Options rotated.
*Prior to 8/11: "Rising gasoline prices."

 
    3/24-25/12 12/16-18/11 8/5-7/11 4/29 -
5/1/11
3/11-13/11
    % % % % %
 

Unemployment

37 51 49

38

38

 

Federal deficit

26 27 27

28

28

 

Price of gas

20 6 12

21

19

 

Taxes

6 7 5

4

6

 

Housing costs

6 6 3

6

5

 

Stock market

3 3 2

2

1

 

Other (vol.)

1 1 1

1

2

 

Unsure

- - 1

1

-


 

Fox News Poll conducted by Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R). March 10-12, 2012. N=912 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Do you see signs the nation's economy has started turning around, or not?"

 
    Yes, see signs No, do not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/10-12/12

58

40

2

 

 


 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. March 7-11, 2012. N=1,009 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Compared to four years ago, is your family's financial situation better today, worse today, or about the same?"

 
    Better
today
Worse
today
About the
same
   
    % % %    
 

3/7-11/12

20

37

43

 

 


 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). Feb. 29-March 3, 2012. N=approx. 400 adults nationwide.

             

"Thinking about the country's economic recession, do you think the worst is behind us or the worst is ahead of us?"

 
    Worst is
behind us
Worst is
ahead of us
In between
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

2/29 - 3/3/12

57

36

2

5

 

 

11/2-5/11

49

44

2

5

 

 

7/14-17/11

46

45

3

6

 

 

6/9-13/11

52

41

3

4

 

 

11/11-15/10

60

35

2

3

 

 

8/26-30/10

45

45

4

6

 


 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Feb. 16-19, 2012. N=1,014 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"Right now, do you think the U.S. economy is growing, slowing down, in a recession, or in an economic depression?"

 
    Growing Slowing
down
In a
recession
In a
depression
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

2/16-19/12

40

13

27

19

2

 

4/20-23/11

27

16

26

29

1

 

9/26-27/08

3

27

36

33

1

 

1/30 - 2/2/08

7

46

33

12

2

             

"A year from now, do you think the U.S. economy will be growing, slowing down, in a recession, or in an economic depression?"

 
    Growing Slowing
down
In a
recession
In a
depression
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

2/16-19/12

60

11

13

12

4

 

9/26-27/08

42

13

23

13

9

 

1/30 - 2/2/08

44

19

21

10

6


 

Fox News Poll conducted by Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R). Jan. 12-14, 2012. N=906 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Do you see any signs the nation's economy has started to turn the corner and the worst is over, or not?"

 
    Yes, see
signs worst
is over
No, do not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/12-14/12

40

56

4

 

 

 

11/13-15/11

29

68

3

 

 


 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Oct. 31-Nov. 3, 2011. N=1,004 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Would you say you, yourself, are better off financially than you were when Obama became president, not as well off, or in about the same shape as then financially?"

 
    Better off Not as
well off
About
the same
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

10/31 - 11/3/11

13

34

52

1

 

 

8/29 - 9/1/11

15

35

50

-

 

 

7/15-18/09

8

27

64

-

 

             

"How concerned are you about being able to maintain your current standard of living? Are you very worried, somewhat worried, not so worried or not worried at all?"

 
    Very
worried
Somewhat
worried
Not so
worried
Not worried
at all
 
    % % % %  
 

10/31 - 11/3/11

31

36

18

15

 

 

12/10-13/09

24

39

19

17

 


 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Sept. 15-18, 2011. N=1,004 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"Do you think the economy is now in a recession, or not?"

 
    Yes No Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/15-18/11

80

18

2

 

 

 

8/27-30/10

82

16

2

 

 

 

9/11-13/09

84

15

1

 

 

 

3/14-16/08

76

22

1

 

 

 

10/12-14/07

36

58

7

 

 

             

"Do you think the U.S. economy is fully recovered, better than it was a year ago but not fully recovered, about the same as a year ago, or worse than it was a year ago?"

 
    Fully
recovered
Better, but
not fully
recovered
About the
same as
a year ago
Worse than
a year ago
 
    % % % %  
 

9/15-18/11

-

22

35

42

 

             

"Thinking about one year from now, do you think the U.S. economy will be fully recovered, better than it is now but not fully recovered, about the same as now, or worse than it is now?"

 
    Fully
recovered
Better, but
not fully
recovered
About the
same as now
Worse than
it is now
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

9/15-18/11

-

37

39

22

2

 

8/27-30/10

1

44

33

21

2


 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Aug. 29-Sept. 1, 2011. N=1,001 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Thinking about the next 12 months, would you say you feel optimistic or pessimistic about the chances that the jobs situation in this country will improve?" Options rotated

 
    Optimistic Pessimistic Unsure    
    % % %    
 

8/29 - 9/1/11

45

50

4

 

 


 

Ipsos/Reuters Poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. Aug. 4-8, 2011. N=1,055 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3. 6/10 & earlier: Ipsos/McClatchy Poll.

             

"Has the U.S. economy turned the corner on the current crisis, is the worst yet to come, or have things stabilized but not yet begun to improve?"

 
    Turned
the corner
Worst yet
to come
Stabilized Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

8/4-8/11

6

47

43

5

 

 

1/7-10/11

12

27

57

5

 

 

6/10-13/10

12

34

49

5

 

 

2/26-28/10

11

31

55

3

 

 

1/28-31/10

10

28

57

5

 

 

1/7-11/10

11

30

56

3

 

 

12/3-6/09

8

35

54

2

 

 

10/29 - 11/1/09

7

32

59

2

 

 

10/1-5/09

11

31

55

3

 

 

8/27-31/09

11

35

49

4

 

 

7/30 - 8/3/09

9

32

56

3

 

 

7/9-13/09

6

39

49

5

 

 

6/4-8/09

9

37

48

6

 

 

4/30 - 5/3/09

10

38

48

4

 

 

4/2-6/09

8

36

52

4

 

 

3/5-9/09

3

57

35

4

 

 

2/6-9/09

7

54

35

4

 


 

CNN/ORC Poll. Aug. 5-7, 2011. N=1,008 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Did the fall of the stock market in recent weeks shake your confidence in the American economy, or didn't it change your opinion?"

 
    Confidence
shaken
Didn't change
opinion
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

8/5-7/11

38

60

1

 

 

             

"Did the fall of the stock market affect your family's financial position in a major way, a minor way, or not at all?"

 
    A major way A minor way Not at all    
    % % %    
 

8/5-7/11

16

39

45

 

 


 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. June 24-28, 2011. N=979 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Which comes closer to your view? The current economic downturn is temporary and eventually the economy will fully recover. OR, The current economic downturn is part of a long-term permanent decline and the economy will never fully recover."

 
    Temporary Permanent Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/24-28/11

57

39

4

 

 

 

10/21-26/10

68

28

4

 

 


 

CBS News Poll. Feb. 11-14, 2011. N=1,031 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Some people say the recession will be over soon and that an economic recovery has begun. Do you think that's true, or not?"

 
    True Not true Unsure    
    % % %    
 

2/11-14/11

37

57

6

 

 


 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Sept. 29-30, 2010. N=1,025 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.8.

             

"As a result of what's happening in the economy, please tell me whether or not you are worried about each of the following. First, are you worried about . . . ?"

 
    Worried Not
worried
Doesn't
apply (vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 
 

"Having enough savings for retirement"

 

9/29-30/10

66

30

3

1

 

 

8/23-25/94

71

27

2

-

 

 
 

"Maintaining your current standard of living"

 

9/29-30/10

63

36

-

1

 

 

8/23-25/94

54

46

-

-

 

 
 

"Being able to pay medical or health care costs"

 

9/29-30/10

62

36

1

1

 

 

8/23-25/94

63

36

1

-

 

 
 

"A major wage earner in your household losing a job"

 

9/29-30/10

49

44

6

1

 

 

8/23-25/94

48

44

8

0

 

 
 

"Affording mortgage payments or rent"

 

9/29-30/10

47

48

4

1

 

 

8/23-25/94

41

54

5

-

 

 
 

"Financing your children's education"

 

9/29-30/10

45

38

16

1

 

 

8/23-25/94

49

32

19

-

 

             

"Considering everything, how worried are you about the economic future facing you and your family? Are you very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried, or not at all worried?"

 
    Very
worried
Somewhat
worried
Not too
worried
Not at all
worried
 
    % % % %  
 

9/29-30/10

31

45

16

8

 


Economic outlook continued


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