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Americans increasingly pessimistic about the economy's future

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 16 2013 9:05 a.m. MDT

Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, gestures during a news conference after a House GOP meeting on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 in Washington. The federal government remains partially shut down and faces a first-ever default between Oct. 17 and the end of the month.

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Belief in the stability of America's economic future has taken a pessimistic turn. That is to say, most Americans believe the future is not likely to bring much change for the economy, according to a new poll by the Pew Research Center for People and the Press.

The polling data, which is demonstrated in the chart below, is a result of Pew's inquiries concerning the current state of the economy. Americans were asked to rate the economy as either excellent/good, only fair, or poor. Those polled were also asked whether they believe the economy will get better, worse, or remain the same.

More Rate Economic Conditions as Poor

“In general, the public is less optimistic about the future of the economy than it had been throughout much of the recession and post-recession period,” Pew reports, because during the heat of the recession “Americans were consistently more likely to say economic conditions would improve than to say they would worsen.”

Right now, however, most Americans are struggling to see any hope for change.

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