Despite good news on the economic front over the last few months, the public is pessimistic.
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A new poll conducted by NBC and the Wall Street Journal shows about 42 percent of people have a negative view of Wall Street, versus 14 percent who see it positively.
More than half of Americans say the housing crisis affected them, and only 27 percent of people currently believe the economy will get better in the next year. That’s the lowest percentage for an NBC/WSJ poll since July 2012.
Most people say they’re worried about healthcare, saving for retirement, paying for groceries and other bills and the cost of college.
When asked which individuals or groups best represent the middle class, 48 percent chose former president Bill Clinton. Thirty-nine percent chose President Obama and 28 percent chose George W. Bush.
The majority of people believe Democrats are more in line with the middle class, but the figure is just 37 percent of those polled, compared to 23 percent for Republicans. The Tea Party trails behind by just one percentage point.
Economic issues aside, half of Americans still said they are happy with how things are going in their lives.