Poll: Half of Americans still feeling impact of Great Recession

Poll: Half of Americans still feeling impact of Great Recession
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A decade after the financial crisis hit, 52 percent of Americans say they are still feeling its impact on their pocketbooks, according to a new report by Morning Consult.
 
Middle-class Americans were most likely to report that the recession still affects them, with 57 percent of those earning between $50,000 and $100,000 a year reporting some impact, the report found. That number compares with 51 percent of those making less than $50,000 and 51 percent of those making more than $100k.
 
The survey found that Americans blamed politicians more than any other group for the recession, with 73 percent of respondents laying the blame at their feet, just above the 72 percent who blamed big banks.
 
Despite good economic news in recent years, 65 percent of Americans expressed concern about another downturn in the near future, with large majorities saying they were avoiding taking on debt and had limited spending on big-ticket items to shield themselves from the next economic dip.
 
Still, large majorities (74 percent) say their financial health is fair, good or excellent, though only 11 percent put themselves in the latter category.
 
The report relied on data from two polls conducted in late March and early April, which each had a national sample of 2,201 adults and a margin of error of 2 percentage points.