Where's that Hope and Change?
More than 50 percent of Americans say they are worse off now than they were two years ago when President Obama took office, and two-thirds believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, a Bloomberg National Poll shows.Are you better off or worse off than you were two years ago?
The survey, conducted Dec. 4-7, finds that 51 percent of respondents think their situation has deteriorated, compared with 35 percent who say they’re doing better. The balance isn’t sure. Americans have grown more downbeat about the country’s future in just the last couple of months, the poll shows. The pessimism cuts across political parties and age groups, and is common to both sexes.
The negative sentiment may cast a pall over the holiday shopping season, according to the poll. A plurality of those surveyed -- 46 percent -- expects to spend less this year than last