Americans Pessimistic about Economic Recovery

Americans still remain pessimistic about the economy's recovery over the next year, but have slightly higher hopes for the economy five years from now.

A new Rasmussen Reports poll found 33 percent of American adults believe the U.S. economy will be stronger in a year, but 41 percent believe it will be weaker a year from now. Only 19 percent expect the economy to be the same.

When it comes to the economy five years from now, more Americans are optimistic. Thirty-nine percent say the U.S. economy will be stronger five years from today, while 29 percent say the economy will be weaker in the future.

Americans are more closely divided on whether the country is heading towards another Great Depression. Forty-four percent feel one is at least somewhat likely, while 46 percent disagree.

The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on October 25-26, 2013. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

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