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September 07, 2010 13:00 ET

American Pulse™: Two Out of Three Worried About Possible Double-Dip Recession

3 in 10 Afraid Government Doesn't Know How to Get U.S. Out of Financial Mess

COLUMBUS, OH--(Marketwire - September 7, 2010) -  68.7% of Americans 18+ say they are somewhat/very concerned about the possibility of a double-dip recession while only 1 in 10 (10.4%) is not, according to the latest American Pulse™ Survey of 5,209 respondents. 34.9% think the government might be digging us into a deeper hole and 29.3% are afraid the government doesn't know how to dig us out. On the other hand, 31.0% are slightly worried, but believe things will turn out okay (4.8% aren't worried at all).

When it comes to registered voters, Democrats are the most optimistic in the economic future. But there appears to be concern that the government is digging the U.S. into a deeper hole across party lines.

Which of these best describes your feelings toward the economic future of the U.S.? (Registered Voters)

    Republicans Democrats Independents
Not worried, the government won't let it fail    2.6%  6.5%  4.2% 
Worried a little, but things will turn out okay    16.7% 43.4%  27.9% 
Concerned government may be digging us  into a deeper hole   44.3%  27.4%  36.2% 
Afraid government doesn't know how to get us out of this mess    36.4% 22.7%  31.7% 

Uncertainty in the economy is one issue that appears to be affecting voter intentions. From two weeks ago, the percent of registered voters who will likely vote Republican in the Congressional Election increased 10.2%. For complete complimentary report:

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American Pulse™
The American Pulse™ Survey is collected online by BIGresearch® twice a month exclusively utilizing Survey Sampling International's (SSI) U.S. panel covering topics such as politics, pop culture and the economy. Over 5,000 respondents participate, providing greater insights and accuracy of +/- 1%.

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