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Survey: Connecticut's Recession Worse Than Rest of Country

A survey of the state's economic outlook found that residents here view their financial conditions along party and racial lines.

Connecticut residents say they have fared worse in the recession than the rest of the country, but a majority of them still feel they’re better off today than they were four years ago, a new poll by the University of Connecticut and the Hartford Courant shows. 

Just how folks in Connecticut view their economic circumstances is partly framed by their political affiliations, the poll indicates.

“While 42 percent of likely voters say they’re worse off today than four year ago, and 35 percent say they’re better off, those perceptions differ sharply among those who identify with either major political party,” according to the blog UConn Today.  “While 62 percent of Democrats say they’re better off today, just 9 percent of Republicans feel the same way.”

More than half of the voters surveyed said they’ve changed how they shop for groceries, and nearly a quarter reported having to sell something valuable to make ends meet during the downturn, the Hartford Courant reports.

Overall, the poll of 517 likely voters, taken this month, shows a bleaker economic picture in Connecticut than the rest of the country, the Courant says.

And our interpretation of how we’ve fared in the recession has split not only along political lines, but along racial lines as well.

“The poll found that 78 percent of African-American likely voters say they’re better off today than four years ago, while only 26 percent of white voters said the same. And while 45 percent of likely voters who attend religious services once a week or more say they’re worse off today, just 31 percent of voters who never attend religious services have the same impression,” UConn Today reported.

A study produced by the University of Connecticut reports that Connecticut's recovery will be slow and that all lost jobs might not be receoved by 2018.

Me September 28, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Yea!!! Let's re-elect the same people we have had in the last 4 years this Nov!! local, state, and national, that will make it better, yea!!!
Tanya Carver September 30, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Eileen, since you are making statements about political and racial lines. I think additional information would be important to mention. For example out of the total number of individuals polled how many where democrats, republicans and independent/unaffiliated. And of those that were polled what was the racial breakdown and how many where unemployed
Robert Williams September 30, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Good Afternoon, That information you are looking for is available; all you have to do is following the links in the story. But here it is: http://poll.uconn.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/EconPoll926.pdf
Tanya Carver September 30, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Thanks. I will check it out
Tanya Carver October 02, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Robert, thank you for your link. After looking at the actual data, it confirm what I believed is the issue with these surveys. I find them biased to the democratic party. 1. In General, most individuals will vote and favor their party affiliation. Which is clearly shown on this survey (hopefully everyone can view the actual results which I have attached a PDF file) 84% of democrats polled will vote for Obama, 89% of republicans for Romney and independents 37% to Romney, 30% to Obama. 2. When you pull 16% more democrats than republicans of course your average is going to be favorable to Obama (526 democrats, 441 republicans and 125 independents. 3. If you were to apply the same percentages to an equal number of people survey for each party, then its a different story. Take an easy number like 100 and apply the same percentages: Romney Obama Democrats 100 8% 8 84% 84 Independent 100 37% 37 30% 30 Republican 100 89% 89 6% 6 Total 300 134 120 Romney ends with 45% and Obama 40% That would be a true representation of what everyone is thinking. For the past 4 weeks, I have traveled through Kansas, New Hampshire and North Carolina and of all the individuals that I have spoken with, a vast majority is much worse now then they were 4 years ago.
Tanya Carver October 02, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Someone mentioned last week that Obama is leading in New Hampshire, now really this is the State of "Live Free or Die". All signs that I saw were Romney.

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