By Jay Heflin - 08/16/10 01:20 PM EDT
The survey also shows that just 14 percent say the job market is better now than it was a year ago.
Roughly half (46 percent) say the job market is worse when compared to a year ago.
The poll tapped the opinions of 1,000 adults — its findings come on the heels of rough week for the economy.
It was announced last week that the U.S. trade gap widened unexpectedly in June, hitting the highest level since October 2008 and sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbling 256 points on Wednesday. Other world markets also declined on the news.
Also, the Federal Reserve last week re-adjusted its expectation for a more modest recovery than previously anticipated.