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February 11, 2016

We Americans Are a Pessimistic Lot

Americans are generally pessimistic about the economy.  Perhaps that feature is our strength, and is what makes us work harder than the rest of the world to get ahead. The Gallup Company has been polling Americans for years, and periodically including a poll question about whether respondents think that the economy is getting better, or getting worse.  This week’s chart shows the difference between those two choices, dating back to 1997.  For most of that period, the stock market has been rising, and the US economy has been growing.  And for most of that time, poll respondents have been generally pessimistic… more

 

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