Gloomy Outlook

Would you say you are better off or worse off today than 18 months ago, or about the same?

Better off: 17%
Worse off: 29%
About the same: 54%

The U.S. currently has a huge budget deficit and a high unemployment rate. Which should take priority?

Reducing the budget deficit: 28%
Reducing the unemployment rate: 70%
Not sure: 2%

Which of the following best describes your attitude toward the federal budget deficit?

Dangerously out of control and threatens our economic future: 52%
A manageable burden that will require sacrifice down the road: 43%
Will cause no lasting harm: 4%
Not sure: 1%

In paying for the oil spill, which of the following do you think is the best option?

BP must pay for it all, even if it goes bankrupt: 56%
BP shouldn't be forced to pay beyond what it can afford, with taxpayers picking up the rest: 4%
There should be a cap on what is paid out: 38%
Not sure: 2%

How confident are you that new financial regulations will make your savings and financial assets more secure?

Very confident: 4%
Fairly confident: 15%
Just somewhat confident: 38%
Not confident: 40%
Not sure: 3%

The poll of 1,004 U.S. adults was conducted July 9-12 by Selzer & Co. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

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