Pennsylvanians continue to express pessimism about the economy, while a sizeable proportion are experiencing significant economic hardship, according to the latest Franklin & Marshall College Poll.
Three in five Pennsylvanians say the state is on the wrong track, while more than a third (36 percent) say they are financially worse off this year than last. Just one third (31 percent) expect their personal finances to be better off a year from now.
Meanwhile, nearly three in five (57 percent) believe the current recession will not end for several more years. A majority (54 percent) says they are trying to save more compared to one year ago.
Additionally, only one in eight (13 percent) respondents feel they have personally benefited from the national recovery efforts.
In other findings:
The interviews were conducted Oct. 20-25 at the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin & Marshall College under the direction of the poll's director, G. Terry Madonna, Head Methodologist Berwood Yost and Project Manager Jennifer Harding. The data represent the responses of 616 adult residents of Pennsylvania, including 529 registered voters.
The sample error for the full survey group is plus or minus 3.9 percentage points, while the sample error for registered voters is plus or minus 4.3 percentage points.
For complete results, go to www.fandm.edu/fandmpoll