April 3, 2008

Weak Economy Sours Public’s View of Future, New Poll Finds

In the poll, 81 percent of respondents said they believed that
“things have pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track,” up from
69 percent a year ago and 35 percent in early 2003.

Although the public mood has been darkening since the early days of
the war in Iraq, it has taken a new turn for the worse in the last few
months, as the economy has seemed to slip into recession. There is now
nearly a national consensus that the country faces significant


The dissatisfaction is especially striking because public opinion
usually hits its low point only in the months and years after an
economic downturn, not at the beginning of one. Today, however,
Americans report being deeply worried about the country even though
many say their own personal finances are still in fairly good shape.

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