Study finds majority of Americans think U.S. is still in a recession

The United States federal government likes to claim that the nation is not in a recession. However, if a politician were to ask the average American, it’s pretty much guaranteed that they’ll say quite the opposite.

According to a Fox News poll conducted by Anderson Robbins Research and Shaw & Company Research, nearly three quarters (74 percent) say the country still feels like it’s in a recession, though that figure is down from 86 percent in Sept. 2010.

Voters’ dissatisfaction could come from President Obama’s economic policies: 40 percent of respondents say the president’s policies have hurt the economy, while 33 percent don’t think they’ve made much difference either way.  Twenty-seven percent, meanwhile, say the president’s economic work has helped.

Close to two-thirds (62 percent) are dissatisfied with the way things are going in the country and only 37 are satisfied with current conditions, but Democrats are three times more likely to be satisfied (61 percent) than Republicans (19 percent).

Overall, the president maintains an approval rating of 42 percent, which is mostly unchanged from last month. Fifty-three percent disapprove of the way President Obama is handling his job.

These figures are troubling news for Obama, who begins his sixth year in office. As he is nearly halfway through his second term as president, his approval rating remains near record lows and most voters believe his policies have hurt the country more than it has helped.

Should voters be optimistic about the U.S. economy? You decicde: the unemployment rate is in the  low- to mid-20s, more than 100 million working age Americans do not have a job, the national debt is nearing $18 trillion, the federal government is still spending astronomical sums of money on questionable expenditures and the president continues to be engulfed in scandals.

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