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State of the Union: Feeling Not So Good This Past Year

“The last year apparently hasn’t been kind to Americans’ finances, according to a Gallup poll of 1,018 adults conducted Jan. 5 through Jan. 8.

A total of 42 percent say they are in worse financial shape than a year ago, compared with 35 percent who say they’re in better shape.

In late 2012, 38 percent said they were better off than the previous year, and 34 percent said they were worse off.

The 42 percent of people saying their finances are worse off now is 8 percentage points above the 1976-2014 average, while the 35 percent total for people who say they’re in better financial shape, compares with a 38 percent average for that period….”

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