In One Eye

Thursday, June 02, 2005
These data certainly aren't surprising.
Only about one in three Americans think the national economy is in good shape, according to the survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

Pessimism about [the] future has grown over the last year.

"The public doesn't have one economic worry," said Andrew Kohut, director of the Pew Research Center. "It has a variety of economic concerns, from gasoline prices to increasing worries about the affordability of housing, to a stock market that no longer seems as buoyant as it once did."

In addition, Kohut said, "The budget deficit looms as a big issue."

The percentage of people rating their personal finances positively has declined since the beginning of the year - from 51 per cent to 44 per cent ...

Worry about the future has risen sharply. Last August, nine per cent predicted the economy would get worse, while 18 per cent said this in January and 24 per cent now say so.

Gasoline prices topped the list of economic worries, with 85 per cent saying high fuel costs are a big problem, including 44 per cent of those polled who said gas prices are a "very big" problem.

Worries about the growing budget deficit, the job situation and the trade deficit were also frequently mentioned.

Six in 10 said jobs are difficult to find in their communities, with this concern highest among rural residents.
And though I'd certainly like to, I just don't see the Bushies doing anything to ameliorate these conditions.