Voters Take Dim View Of U.S. Economy

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UTICA, N.Y. – A majority of likely voters doubt that America’s best days are still ahead and two-thirds believe that jobs lost in the recession won’t ever come back according to a new poll by IBOPE Zogby.

Sixty-nine percent believe that the U.S. economy will never return to its former strength and that America’s days as the most powerful economy in the world are over. Just 17 percent believe that America’s best days still lie ahead. Those results are gloomier than a May 2010 poll, which reported that 33 percent believed that the U.S. economy would recover.

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In the latest poll, just 17 percent believe that the unemployment rate will drop over the next year as businesses add jobs. That figure is also down from 33 percent in the May 2010 poll.

Still, 64 percent have some or a great deal of hope that America’s best days are still ahead of us. Those numbers are nearly unchanged since the May 2010 poll.

The online survey of 2,125 voters was conducted from July 29 to Aug. 1 and has a +/- 2.2 percent margin of error.


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