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Some Americans hesitant to feel 'economically secure' 10 years after recession, says pollster

Pollster Jim Hobart said on Thursday that many Americans are still hesitant to feel they are economically secure ten years after the Great Recession.  

"People are still really hesitant to feel economically secure again," Hobart, a partner at Public Opinion Strategies, told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking."

"So many things that they've been told prior to 2008, [like] if you put money in a 401k it's going to go up and you're going to have money to retire on. If you save up money, you buy a house, that house is going to at least going to hold its value if not increase its value," he continued. 

"Those two things were turned on their head. They weren't true for a little bit, and I think because of that, a lot of Americans, especially in areas that have struggled even prior to 2008, with some of the manufacturing struggles in the midwest, say 'even when things are going well, they're always waiting for what's going to come around the corner because I've heard this before,'" he said. 

Hobart's comments come after a new Hill.TV poll found that 33 percent of Americans said they were financially better off this year compared to last year, while 19 percent said they were worse off. 

Forty-six percent of respondents said their financial situation had not changed. 

The U.S. has seen economic growth accelerate in recent years, with lower unemployment and rising wages. 

The Labor Department announced earlier this month that the U.S. economy had added 201,000 jobs in August, while unemployment held steady at 3.9 percent, nearly marking an 18-year low. 

The average hourly earnings went up to 2.9 percent for the year, marking the fastest growth since the end of the recession in 2009.

— Julia Manchester