Utahns are financially better off than they were four years ago, but most think Utah's economy will drag behind the national economy next year, a Deseret News/KSL-TV poll shows.

The future looks bleak to most Utahns, pollster Dan Jones & Associates discovered.Jones asked 905 Utahns on July 27 and 28 to predict the state of the economy. Their responses weren't too optimistic.

Forty-four percent of those polled predict a rise in inflation in the United States. Only 13 percent forecast a recession, and a mere 3 percent think the United States will experience a deep depression.

Utah's economy will be worse off than the rest of the nation, said 44 percent of those surveyed, and citizens overall don't have great expectations of getting rich.

Forty percent of those polled said their economic status is about the same today as it was last year. Thirty percent said they are better off; 29 percent, worse off.

Most look back with fondness to the good 'ol days.

Fifty percent said they were financially better off four years ago than they are today. Thirty percent are worse off. The economic status of 18 percent is about the same.

In your opinion, what will the U.S. economy be like at the end of the year?

Higher inflation 44 percent

Reduced inflation 8 percent

Recession 13 percent

Deep depression 3 percent

Increased prosperity 18 percent

Don't know 14 percent

In your opinion, what will Utah's economy be like at the end of this year?

etter off 30 percent

About the same 40 percent

Worse off 29 percent

Don't know 0 percent

Generally speaking, are you financially better off, about the same or worse off than you were four years ago?

Better off 50 percent

About the same 18 percent

Worse off 30 percent

Don't know 1 percent

Sample size: 905; margin of error plus or minus 3.2 percent.