The Economy: Why So Gloomy?

Despite rosy reports on jobs and strength in stock indexes, polls show that Americans are none too impressed

Do ordinary Americans know something about the U.S. economy that the experts don't? A perception gap has opened up lately between Wall Street and Main Street. Optimism about the economic outlook is still fairly strong among professional investors, market strategists, and economists, but there's increasing pessimism in the America where most people live and work.

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