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Connecticut Residents Worse Off 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.

How have you fared in Connecticut's economy?

Richard Poulton October 01, 2012 at 04:44 PM
I suppose those Democrats who say they are better off today all live in lower Fairfiled County and are the 1%-ers OWS complains about. UConn should show the demographics of this survey.
Ho Phong October 03, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Don't worry, Gov. Malloy will take good care of you....He is bringing in more jobs...Guess where? Thats right, Fairfield County...What about our tax burden?
ALBERT CANOSA October 05, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Just so every knows the numbers here they are: Unemployment in CT Sept 2008 6% Unemployment in Ct Sept 2012 9.9% This is a 50% increase in unemployment in the state of CT in the last 4 years. So I would say we are worst off today than 4 years ago.
E pluribus unum October 06, 2012 at 09:12 PM
CT is so brainwashed into voting Democrat they won't even consider the facts. If CT's unemployment rate was 100% they would find a way to blame George Bush.You just can't reason with people who refuse to hear the truth. So CT will continue to decline as other "Red" states gain jobs and growth.
Human October 06, 2012 at 11:47 PM
I live in Connecticut, and I can fairly say what our government does as will any track of land, doesn't represent the totality of the people residing within. I'm slightly confused and mildly amused you can make such a sweping accusation, perhaps you agree with the popular mindset of your state and that's why you fail to notice the diversity within your state's land. Truth, like people is multi-faceted. Because I was more prosperous under Bush doesn't mean Obama has made it worse. Our lethargic governor coupled with republicans undermining useful job bills hasn't endeared me to the red team or the blue team. What ever one political party hands you, they take something else away. That is a truth neither elephants nor donkeys care to acknowledge. Glad I'm human, but sad to be ruled by animals.

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