Public's Cry as G-20 Meets: 'We are Struggling'

More Spending Cuts: Cable TV, Medicine, School Supplies

"I got rid of cable. I buy generic cigarettes. I cut back on playing the lottery. ... I don't have any entertainment expenses."

"I have cut back on grocery shopping, medications and home renovation. ... I haven't been going to the doctor's. It's especially hard for people on disability and senior citizens."

"I watch my pennies. I use coupons. If I don't have a coupon, I don't buy it."

"Pretty much holding back on buying new clothes and school supplies."

"I have cut back on leisure and recreation. I got rid of the storage units. I got rid of the massage therapist. I am doing less grocery shopping."

"We cut back on luxuries like eating out, haircuts and getting my hair dyed at the salon. I do it myself now. I have looked at my bills to see if I could do better at different companies. I canceled my gym membership."

"I hope my appliances last forever."

"I've cut back everywhere I can. I don't even tip."

METHODOLOGY – This ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted by telephone March 26-29, 2009, among a random national sample of 1,000 adults including both landline and cell-phone-only respondents. Results for the full sample have a 3-point error margin; click here for a detailed description of sampling error. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by TNS of Horsham, Pa.

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