More people in the United States say they are worse off financially now compared to a year ago, according to a new poll.

Forty-two percent say at the start of 2014 they are worse off, compared to 39 percent who said so during the same time last year, a Gallup poll released Wednesday indicates. 

The 42 percent who reported a bad financial situation, however, actually comes to 7 percentage points lower than what was recorded at the start of 2012. 

A little more than a third say their financial situation has improved from a year ago. 

Although fewer people say they’re better off now, a majority, 55 percent, predict they will be more financially stable at this time next year.

This poll comes just a few days after Gallup released a separate survey indicating less than a quarter of people said they’re satisfied with the direction of the United States.