In a series of exclusive live appearances on CNBC's Squawk Box this morning, Warren Buffett told us that by a "common sense definition", the U.S. economy is already in a recession, even if it hasn't met the technical definition of two consecutive quarters of negative growth.
He restated, however, his view that over the long-run the U.S. economy will do fine and that each generation will live better than the one before it. Buffett also said current conditions are "nothing like" the downturn of 1973 and 1974, although he can't rule out the possibility that things will get worse.
That leads to our Reader Poll which is based on Buffett's comments. Are you optimistic about the future, one year from now?
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