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HPU poll shows many in NC not optimistic about their economic future

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A new HPU poll shows many in North Carolina are concerned about their economic futures A new HPU poll shows many in North Carolina are concerned about their economic futures

HIGH POINT, NC (WECT) – North Carolinians surveyed in a recent poll are not overly optimistic about the future of the economy.

High Point University surveyed more than 400 adults from September 8-12. In the poll, 27% responded they thought they would be better off financially one year from now, compared to 21% who thought they would be worse. Nearly half (49%) said they thought they would be in the same position with family finances. In a similar poll done in September of 2012, 37% of responders thought they would be better off and just 9% thought they would be in worse financial condition.

Looking ahead to the business conditions facing the country, pollsters asked whether responders expected good times financially or bad.  Of the more than 400 people surveyed, less than one quarter (23%) are expecting good financial conditions, 39% are looking ahead and seeing a bad climate, with 20% responding neither one. That is a more pessimistic response to the question than HPU received in September of 2012, when 31% expected good times for the next year and 24% expected bad times, with 17% not distinguishing between either one.

"If North Carolina is undergoing an economic recovery, residents of our state do not appear to be feeling it," said Dr. Sadie Leder Elder, associate director of the HPU Poll in an email news release. "These new numbers may signal an even gloomier turn in public feeling than we saw in March. This poll in general has found people anxious about the economy, worried about international affairs, and unhappy with the performance of government officials. We are still waiting to see signs of a turn around."

54% of those surveyed said it is more likely that there will be widespread unemployment or depression in the economy rather than good times over the next five years. That is down from 57% in an HPU poll done in March. But the percentage of people who expect good times over that period is also down to 22 percent in the September poll, compared to 29% mark in the March survey.  

Click here to see the other questions and responses in the September 2013 HPU poll.

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