Those results come amid continued public unhappiness with the state of the country. By a two to one margin, the public says the country is on the wrong track. Just 27 percent expect the economy to get better in the next year; 24 percent expect it to get worse, and 48 percent expect it to stay the same. Fewer than half (45 percent) approve of President Barack Obama's handling of the economy, while 52 percent disapprove.
The financial concern Americans most frequently mentioned was access to affordable health care; 34 percent said they worry about it. Some 29 percent said they worry about saving enough for retirement; 26 percent identified paying for groceries and utility bills, followed by college costs (21 percent), job security (17 percent) and housing costs (17 percent).
When asked how much they were personally affected by the crises on Wall Street and in the housing market over the past five years, 52 percent said "some" or "a great deal," while 47 percent said "only a little" or "not at all." That reflects a slight cooling of concerns expressed in the middle of the crisis, when 59 percent said some or a great deal and just 41 percent said only a little or not at all.
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