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What effect has the weakening economy had on you personally compared to a year ago?

Response Percent Votes
I’m worse off than a year ago.
37% 147
I’m better off than a year ago.
22% 87
No change, but I’m concerned about the future.
21% 86
No change from a year ago.
8% 34
No change, but I’m not concerned about the future.
8% 33
I don’t know.
2% 8
Total 395


alm77 10 years, 4 months ago

b3, I think for the first time, I agree with you. I got a part time job for a while and then my husband went back to school full time (while keeping his full time job) and got a raise. Amazing what a little effort can do to make the house payment.

Karolyn Kinsey 10 years, 4 months ago

b3, your response is typical of those who are not classified as senior citizens yet. If you can receive any social security when you become my age (66) is very questionable at this point. If you have a masters degree from KU as I do and cannot find even a part-time job, then you might change your tune just a little. I had two federal positions and in both was told there was no money for my position, so now find myself trying to exist in western Kansas where the low paying jobs advertised are far and few in between, just as the towns are.

blessed3x 10 years, 4 months ago


Not meaning to sound unfeeling, but sitting in western Kansas complaining about the availability of decent paying jobs seems silly at best. There are thousands of jobs waiting to be filled, the fact that they aren't all in your backyard is irrelevant. I see "Help Wanted" signs in many windows and sites like are filled with opportunities. I can appreciate your being an older person, but to say that the jobs are few and far between is simply false. That may be in case in western Kansas, but I do not see that situation here in the Metro area. In fact, I see quite the opposite. Complaining about the lack of jobs in an area that has very little development is like sitting at the North Pole complaining about the cold temperatures.

beatrice 10 years, 4 months ago

b3: "Things have never been better, my family's income has increase by almost 50% since last year."

So, I'm assuming your family is in the repo business then? Or is it the oil industry?

Amazing to me to see someone basing their view of the entire economy on their own personal situation. So good for you that you are having a good year. Clearly that isn't the case around the country, if you haven't noticed. It would be like having food in the fridge, so you think hunger must not exist. What an absolutely self-centered, repugnant attitude. Makes me want to puke. Empathy -- ever heard of it?

preebo 10 years, 4 months ago

My 401K has lost shrunk some, but it bounced back a little.

...still lost a substantial amount. Good thing I am decades away from retirement, otherwise, I would be concerned.

Karolyn Kinsey 10 years, 4 months ago

Well, you know owning my own home in western Kansas where there are few jobs does have one reward. I don't have a mortgage payment. Furthermore, I really could care less about living in the big cities with their own sets of problems, such as overpopulation, crime, and rush hour traffic. As for planning for retirement. Tell that to my kids and grandkids whom I've helped many times over so that they could go to school or wouldn't lose their own homes.

beawolf 10 years, 4 months ago

"Amazing to me to see someone basing their view of the entire economy on their own personal situation.".......

Did you bother to read the poll's title?

tell_it_like_it_is 10 years, 4 months ago

I would take what b3 and blessed say with a grain of salt. They are die hard republicans. As long as they have Bush in the White House they wouldn't admit anything was wrong if they were starving in the street. Morons.

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