UConn/Courant Poll: Connecticut Fared Worse in Recession Than Rest of Country

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

Connecticut residents have fared worse in the current 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.

Justin September 28, 2012 at 03:13 PM
All comes down to the working class supporting the entitled class. Off course liberal well fair recpients are going to be better off. They got more free money! DUH
Justin September 28, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Ellen O'Shea September 30, 2012 at 11:25 AM
They must have taken the Poll in Bridgeport.
Ellen O'Shea September 30, 2012 at 11:26 AM
They must have asked all the people who got free phones. They want them renewed next year.


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