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Americans retain optimism in recession: U.S. Reuters


Interesting perspective in a survey conducted in the USA on the financial crisis. Whilst here in the UK we become somewhat used to the cynicism and negative attitudes circulated by our national media: printed and electronic.

It is refreshing to read that in the USA many people remain optimistic – here in the UK that’s a thought crime in our media;

Quote from Reuters:“…The nationwide survey of 2,119 adults found that:

* 79 percent said it is still possible to get ahead in the current economy;

* 72 percent said they believed they will personally be better off 10 years from now;

* 74 percent said they were at least somewhat in control of their economic situation, but only 43 percent said that other people were in control;

* 71 percent said personal ambition was a more important determinant of success than external conditions.

But the survey also reflected the worsening economy: only 32 percent rated their own personal circumstances as “excellent” or “good,” down from 52 percent in 2006.

“There is a strong and a uniquely American optimism which is persisting even in the face of these very, very trying times,” said John Morton, the managing director of economic policy at the Pew Charitable Trusts, the nonprofit organization that sponsored the survey, which has a margin of error of 3.4 percentage point…”

Link below is to the original article from Reuters;

via Americans retain optimism in recession | U.S. | Reuters .

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