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New Year’s Resolution: Get a Better Economy

Americans will have little nostalgia for the year’s economy as they say goodbye to 2008, but the public remains optimistic as champagne is popped for 2009. More than four-in-ten (43%) expect that the national economy will be in better shape a year from now than it is today, while only 17% say it will be worse. Also, a 56%-majority believes that their own financial situation will be improved a year from now. On the specifics, however, the public is not so optimistic. Majorities believe that at the end of 2009, unemployment (63%) and taxes (55%) will have increased, and a plurality (47%) says inflation will be up this time next year. Read More