In addition to Democrats, optimism's highest among higher-income adults -- 45 percent of those in $100,000+ households say some recovery's begun, vs. 32 percent of those with incomes less than $50,000. And younger adults, under 40, are more optimistic than their elders.
FLIPSIDE -- The risk to Democrats of economic pessimism and downright anger could be mitigated if there were strong emotion on the other side of the ledger. But a mere 1 percent of Americans say they're "more than satisfied" with the current economy, and just 14 percent are satisfied with it -- among registered voters, 17 percent of Democrats, 10 percent of Republicans and 8 percent of independents.
Satisfaction's not only less prevalent than anger, it's also a less-intense sentiment -- and thus no match as a political force -- with the election just three weeks away.
METHODOLOGY -- This ABC News/Yahoo News! poll was conducted Sept. 29-Oct. 5, 2010, among a random national sample of 1,010 adults. Respondents were selected using an address-based sample design. Households for which a phone number could be ascertained were contacted by phone; others were contacted by mail and asked to complete the survey via a toll-free inbound phone number or the internet. See details here. Results for the full sample have a 4-point error margin. Click here for a detailed description of sampling error.
This survey was produced by Langer Research Associates of New York, with sampling, data collection and tabulation by SSRS of Media, Pa.
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