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WASHINGTON (CNN) – More than half the American public — 57 percent — now believe the nation is in a recession, compared to 42 percent who do not, according to new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Tuesday. (Full poll results [PDF])

That number is up significantly from the October survey, when only 46 percent believed the U.S. economy was in recession.

On the question of whether the nation is in recession, the poll's margin of error was plus or minus 4.5 percent.

CNN Polling Director Keating Holland notes, "Economic optimism has dropped 12 points since the fall — in September 62% thought economic conditions would get better in 2008 but only 50% feel that way now."

Thanks to that unease, the economy has now topped the war in Iraq as the issue most poll respondents identified as the most important in helping them decide which presidential candidate to support.

29 percent of poll respondents said the economy was their top issue, compared with 23 percent who listed the Iraq war – a reversal from October’s results, when 28 percent listed the war and 22 percent pointed to the economy.

On the issues question, the poll's margin of error was plus or minus 3 percentage points.

The poll, conducted December 6-9, involved telephone interviews with 1,002 adults.

– CNN.com Senior Political Producer Scott Anderso

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WASHINGTON (CNN) – More than half the American public — 57 percent — now believe the nation is in a recession, compared to 42 percent who do not, according to new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Tuesday. (Full poll results [PDF])

That number is up significantly from the October survey, when only 46 percent believed the U.S. economy was in recession.

On the question of whether the nation is in recession, the poll's margin of error was plus or minus 4.5 percent.

CNN Polling Director Keating Holland notes, "Economic optimism has dropped 12 points since the fall — in September 62% thought economic conditions would get better in 2008 but only 50% feel that way now."

Thanks to that unease, the economy has now topped the war in Iraq as the issue most poll respondents identified as the most important in helping them decide which presidential candidate to support.

29 percent of poll respondents said the economy was their top issue, compared with 23 percent who listed the Iraq war – a reversal from October’s results, when 28 percent listed the war and 22 percent pointed to the economy.

On the issues question, the poll's margin of error was plus or minus 3 percentage points.

The poll, conducted December 6-9, involved telephone interviews with 1,002 adults.

– CNN.com Senior Political Producer Scott Anderso

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The underlying problem with these polls that CNN puts out is that people perception of what is important is largely based on media coverage. Thus, if CNN makes it out like the economy is chipper and soldiers are dying, we can guess what the poll would show. They basically tell you what to believe, then turn around and ask you what you believe.

That said, the war and the economy are inherently connected.


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The irony is the war in Iraq as well as our foreign policy and trade blunders are firmly at the center as major causes for our current economic state.

At least in part. You can only borrow so much money before it starts messing things up.


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The irony is the war in Iraq as well as our foreign policy and trade blunders are firmly at the center as major causes for our current economic state.

At least in part. You can only borrow so much money before it starts messing things up.

Yeah. If the US were a private citizen the country would have been repossessed long ago and sold off to appease creditors.

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WASHINGTON (CNN) – More than half the American public — 57 percent — now believe the nation is in a recession, compared to 42 percent who do not, according to new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Tuesday. (Full poll results [PDF])

That number is up significantly from the October survey, when only 46 percent believed the U.S. economy was in recession.

On the question of whether the nation is in recession, the poll's margin of error was plus or minus 4.5 percent.

CNN Polling Director Keating Holland notes, "Economic optimism has dropped 12 points since the fall — in September 62% thought economic conditions would get better in 2008 but only 50% feel that way now."

Thanks to that unease, the economy has now topped the war in Iraq as the issue most poll respondents identified as the most important in helping them decide which presidential candidate to support.

29 percent of poll respondents said the economy was their top issue, compared with 23 percent who listed the Iraq war – a reversal from October’s results, when 28 percent listed the war and 22 percent pointed to the economy.

On the issues question, the poll's margin of error was plus or minus 3 percentage points.

The poll, conducted December 6-9, involved telephone interviews with 1,002 adults.

– CNN.com Senior Political Producer Scott Anderso

source

The underlying problem with these polls that CNN puts out is that people perception of what is important is largely based on media coverage. Thus, if CNN makes it out like the economy is chipper and soldiers are dying, we can guess what the poll would show. They basically tell you what to believe, then turn around and ask you what you believe.

That said, the war and the economy are inherently connected.

You give Americans no credit. I think if my interest rate went up a LOT I would know. Plus local news would cover it as well.

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You give Americans no credit. I think if my interest rate went up a LOT I would know. Plus local news would cover it as well.

I do give Americans no credit. I deal with them every day.


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The economy is doing well at the moment but trending down. Most people are perceptive enough to see this. This isn't a warning of impending doom; rather, this is merely a cautionary signal to Americans that if there ever was a time to curb discretionary spending and prepare for somewhat leaner times, this is it.


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You give Americans no credit. I think if my interest rate went up a LOT I would know. Plus local news would cover it as well.

I do give Americans no credit. I deal with them every day.

Then move to Canada?

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You give Americans no credit. I think if my interest rate went up a LOT I would know. Plus local news would cover it as well.

I do give Americans no credit. I deal with them every day.

Then move to Canada?

Good suggestion, but I actually dedicated my life to improving my state and country, not just barking at people on a message board.


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