Half Of Americans Worry Their Standard Of Living Will Fall

Posted February 23, 2008 at 9:44am

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Fifty percent of Americans believe economic pressures have become so bad that they will not be able to maintain their standard of living, according to Gallup. That’s a higher number than those who felt that way during the 1991-92 recession.

Reporting results from a Jan.30-Feb.2 survey, Gallup said that 86 percent of Americans say they have already been very or somewhat affected by the squeeze of higher gasoline and home-heating costs. About three-quarters of those interviewed said the same about food prices and healthcare costs.