Worry Over Economy Highest in 14-Plus Years

Finances are top concern among voters: poll
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted Feb 4, 2008 11:35 AM CST
Shoppers head into a subway station in New York's Lower East Side on Friday, Jan. 25, 2008. The Conference Board report Tuesday that consumer confidence fell sharply in January on worries over deteriorating...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Americans' concern over the domestic economy is at a level not seen in nearly 15 years, and voters doubt the Bush stimulus package will avert a recession, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows. Eight in 10 Americans rate the economy as "not so good" or "poor," and 39% say the economy and job security are their primary electoral concern.

Americans have little faith in lawmakers' plan to inject billions into the economy through checks and tax incentives, but two-thirds of voters are optimistic about their financial situation over the next 12 months. Meanwhile, the public sides with Democrats on the economy, health care, the federal deficit, and taxes; on immigration issues, they're split between parties.