Voters optimistic about financial future

April 16, 2012 at 6:58 PM

WASHINGTON, April 16 (UPI) -- A poll by conducted by Pulse Opinion Research found more than half of U.S. voters say they believe their financial situation will improve in the next year.

However, even though 52 percent of respondents said they expect their personal finances to improve, 39 percent said they are less confident the national economy is improving, The Hill reported Monday.

The poll questioned 1,000 adults over the age of 18 who would likely vote in the presidential election in November.

Republicans and conservatives were much more likely to be pessimistic about their financial future than Democrats and liberals, the poll found.

About 63 percent of conservatives and 54 percent of Republicans said they believe their finances would take a downfall over the next year, while 75 percent of Democrats and nearly 80 percent of liberals believed their situation would improve in the same time span.

About 60 percent of liberals also said they were more confident about the economy than they were at the start of 2012, while 62 percent of conservatives said they are less confident that the economy is improving.

The poll -- conducted nationwide on Thursday -- has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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