In another example, among people who doubt future job stability, 68 percent say they're less apt to be willing to take out a mortgage or other loans in the future; that falls to 42 percent of those who have less concerns about job stability looking ahead.
Such results underscore the impact of future conditions; if factors such as job stability and the ability to save for retirement improve beyond expectations, consumer cutbacks could be less dire than now anticipated. If not, the "new normal" may well come to pass.
METHODOLOGY – This ABC News poll was conducted by telephone June 3-7, 2009, among a random national sample of 1,001 adults. Results for the full sample have a 3.5-point error margin; click here for a detailed description of sampling error. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by TNS of Horsham, PA.