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In Britain, pessimism persists

June 7, 2010 at 2:18 PM
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LONDON, June 7 (UPI) -- A large majority in Britain indicated in a recent poll the economy was either in poor shape or very poor shape, Angus Reid Public Opinion said Monday.

In the recent poll of 1,976 British adults, 60 percent of respondents said the economy was in poor shape, while an additional 23 percent said it was in very poor shape, the research group said.

An equal number -- 20 percent -- said the economy would do better in the next six months as those who said it would do worse in the next two quarters.

About a third of the respondents said they had frequent or occasional concern over their savings, while 38 percent said they were concerned that someone in their household would lose a job.

The survey was conducted May 21-24 and carries a margin of error of 2.2 percentage points, Angus Reid Public Opinion said.