Thirty-eight percent of Connecticut residents said their households are financially better off now than they were four years ago, compared with 51 percent who said they’re worse off, a new poll from Siena College shows.
That result is more negative than a recent University of Connecticut/Hartford Courant poll, which showed 43 percent of respondents better off and 34 percent worse off.
Two big differences in the polls: The Siena Poll, by the Siena Research Institute at the Loudonville, N.Y. college, released Monday, queried a cross section of all adults and asked specifically about whether households were better off financially. The UConn/Courant poll, done last month, asked likely voters if they were “generally” better or worse off.
In both polls, Democrats were far more likely to say they were better off than Republicans — 54 percent of Democrats in the Siena poll, compared with 22 percent of Republicans.
Twenty percent of respondents of the Siena poll, which was sponsored by First Niagara Bank, said they and their families were better off financially in the last year, compared with 37 percent who said they were worse off.
When asked to look ahead five years, Siena respondents were split evenly on whether Connecticut will see “continuous good times” or “periods of widespread unemployment or depression,” with Fairfield County residents showing the most optimism on that question, 42 percent good, 29 percent bad.
As we’d expect, 75 percent said gasoline prices are having a very serious or somewhat serious effect on their family’s finances.
The poll queried 633 state residents by phone from October 4 to 14, and weighted some answers differently by age, gender and political party, to “enhance representativeness,” for a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.
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