Most Americans Are Still Pretty Worried About Their Finances

04/09/2015 06:19 pm ET | Updated Apr 09, 2015
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Views of the nation's economy, long underwater, have generally shown signs of recovering in 2015. A CNBC poll released Tuesday found views of the economy at an eight-year high. Gallup, which regularly tracks economic confidence, found Americans starting the year with positive opinions for the first time since the recession hit, though that number dipped again over the last month.

Americans' views of their own financial well-being, however, remain almost identical to where they stood at the end of last year, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll finds.

Similarly to polls conducted last December and this January, half of Americans currently say their finances are about the same as they were a year ago, while 30 percent say they're worse off, and 15 percent that they're doing better.

Forty-eight percent also predict that not much will have changed a year from now, while 22 percent believe they'll be doing better, and 18 percent that they'll be doing worse.

Eighty percent report worrying sometimes or always about their financial situations, which is little changed from the 78 percent who said they did in December. Just 28 percent now say they're making enough money to live comfortably, while 44 percent say they're getting by, and 21 percent that they're not even able to do that.

The HuffPost/YouGov poll consisted of 1,000 completed interviews conducted April 3-6 among U.S. adults using a sample selected from YouGov's opt-in online panel to match the demographics and other characteristics of the adult U.S. population.

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