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Americans Think We’re in a Much Better Recession Than Before

Quinnipiac lets us know that their respondents have split personalities on the economy:

American voters say 54 – 43 percent that the economy has begun to recover, a 51-point shift in opinion since September 1, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.

This is a reversal from a September 1 survey in which voters said 68 – 28 percent the economy was not in recovery.

Voters say 66 – 30 percent that the economy is in a recession, down from 77 – 20 percent in an October 16 survey by the independent Quinnipiac University.

But the improved voter confidence does not help President Barack Obama who gets a negative 45 – 49 percent job approval rating, compared to negative 44 – 50 percent rating November 23. Voters say 50 – 45 percent that President Obama does not deserve reelection, compared to 48 – 45 percent saying no in November.

So, 54 percent think we’re in recovery, but 66 percent think we’re in recession. In most people’s minds, those two would appear contradictory, but perhaps 20 percent think we’re recovering to a less bad recessionary state.

Further down in the numbers, we see 4 percent consider themselves “very satisfied” with the state of the country, 26 percent “satisfied,” 28 percent “dissatisfied,” and 42 percent “very dissatisfied.”


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