As the holidays approach, the economic outlook is mixed. Unemployment is up, and leading surveys of consumer confidence seem contradictory. Typically, economists don't agree among themselves about when the U.S. will recover -- or how strong the rebound will be. At the same time, though, the stock market has jumped over the past two months -- a sign that investors think a recovery may be imminent.
That could be true -- unless consumers get cold feet and stop spending. So this five-question survey wants to know how you, our readers, view both your own financial situation and the economy.
Please remember that this isn't a scientific poll. It's simply a survey of those who choose to participate. Still, the results should provide some insight into where the economy may be headed.