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Poll: Utahns split on predictions for US economy


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As world leaders met to figure out the growing financial crisis, we wanted to know what you thought about the economy in this country.

An exclusive Dan Jones poll for KSL-TV and the Deseret News shows Utahns seem to be pretty evenly split on their economic predictions.

At the Gateway mall today, it was so crowded you wouldn't think that Americans were facing an economic crisis.

Robert Bolar guesses it's the actual stress of the economy, not to mention the nice weather, that brought people out to shop.

"I think people have been wanting to come out and spend a little money and just enjoy some time away from the stresses we've experienced the last two weeks. It's been hard," Bolar said.

Possibly, hard enough people's own economic outlook has done an about face. "Just because of the fear of not knowing what is going to happen in the future, it makes me want to save every dime and every dollar," Michelle Boley said.

She isn't alone. In an exclusive Dan Jones poll for KSL-TV and the Deseret News, we asked 308 Utahns if they felt their economic situation is better, about the same or worse than six months ago. Only 5 percent said better; 34-percent thought about the same; and 60-percent said it was worse.

Leigh Greenquist puts himself in the better category. "I got a new job that pays really well from what I was doing," he said.

Other Utahns say things will begin to look up, at least within the next six months. Our poll numbers show 30 percent think their economic situation will get better in that time frame; 32 percent estimate it will be about the same; and 30 percent predict worse.

E-mail: lprichard@ksl.com

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