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Are You Financially Better Off?

San Francisco, CA — Despite nearly 48 percent of California voters saying they are financially better off this year than the 27 percent who say they are worse off, about half its voters continue to describe the state as being in bad economic times.  However, about a third of them say they feel times are good.

When the newly released Field Poll asked those surveyed their twelve-month outlook for the state’s economy, voters’ opinions were mixed. Statewide, 37 percent believe conditions will improve next year, but 39 percent say it will remain about the same; and 19 percent think it will get worse.  Notably, this year’s assessment is a bit less pessimistic than last year’s and is far less negative that survey results between 2009-2011, when more than nine in ten California voters felt the state was in bad economic times.