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Poll: Mainers feeling worse about economy

October 26, 2011

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AUGUSTA, Maine—A new survey shows Mainers are feeling worse about the economy now than last spring, and about a third of those polled think it'll improve in the next year.

Critical Insights of Portland interviewed 600 people across the state by phone between last Tuesday and Saturday.

A tenth of those responding said the economy is doing better than it was 12 months earlier. That's down from 27 percent who felt that way last spring. Nearly half said the economy is doing worse, up from 35 percent in the spring.

Pessimism about the economy is also reflected in their estimates of the timing for economic recovery. Two-thirds said they believe the recession will last at least another two years.

The survey, released Wednesday, has a sampling error of 4 percentage points.