For Most of Main Street, the Recession Still Hasn’t Ended

Dirty Money

According to the most recent McClatchy-Marist Poll from the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, your average Democrat will say that the U.S. economy is not in recession, while your average Republican will say that it is. Broadly speaking, conservatives are more likely to have a pessimistic view of the current economic situation than liberals — and on this issue, independents are more closely aligned with Republicans.

To take the political spin off of it, 54 percent of U.S. adults think the economy is still in recession, while 38 percent think it is not in recession, and 8 percent are unsure. “Americans are slowly but surely improving their economic outlook,” Lee M. Miringoff, director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, said in the report. “But, as President Obama plans to refocus his second term agenda on the economy, he will find concerns over financial matters are still very much on people’s minds.”