Nearly One-Third of Granite Staters Expect To Be Worse Off in a Year

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Dr. Andrew Smith

By Andrew E. Smith, Ph.D., UNH Survey Center

DURHAM, NH – A plurality of Granite Staters think they are worse off financially than they were a year ago and almost one-third expect to be worse off a year from now. The most frequently cited reasons are inflation or the cost of living.

Republicans and Independents are considerably more likely than Democrats to be pessimistic about their personal finances. State residents are also pessimistic about the short and long-term macroeconomic outlook of the country at large but are somewhat more optimistic in their expectations for the New Hampshire economy.

These findings are based on the latest Business and Industry Association (BIA) Report on Consumer Confidence, conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center. One thousand, two hundred and fifty-eight (1,258) Granite State Panel members completed the survey online between May 16 and May 20, 2024. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 2.8 percent.

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