Your money, then and now
If you are feeling less wealthy today, you have a lot of company. According to a Poll Position national telephone survey, 52% of the people we asked say they have less money now than they did five years ago. Thirty percent say they have more with 11% indicating they have exactly the same amount.
Middle aged and older Americans tell us they are really feeling the pinch. By a 2-1 margin those in the 45-64 age group said they have less money than they used to. By vote, 54% say they have less to 27% more and 13% picking exactly the same. It gets worse for Americans 65 and older with 56% telling us they a less money to only 17% saying they have more.
Hispanics provided the dimmest view of today versus five years ago when it comes to wealth. Fifty-seven percent of Hispanics say they have less money today than five years ago. Only 5% say they have more with 34% picking exactly the same.
Americans in the 30-44 year old age group indicated they are doing better than others polled. Forty-two percent say they have more more money than five years ago but 51% said less.
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Poll Position’s scientific telephone survey of 1,052 adults nationwide was conducted September 27, 2011 and has a margin of error of ±3%.
The online companion poll in which you can vote provides unscientific results, meaning it’s a tally of participating Poll Position users, not a nationally representative sampling.
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