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Poll: 45% of Wisconsinites feel better about economy, personal finances


MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A new poll shows that Wisconsinites are feeling better about the state’s economy and their own personal finances.

That’s according to the first edition of the Wisconsin Economic Scorecard, which UW-Milwaukee plans to put out every three months.

About 45 percent of the 545 state residents surveyed expect Wisconsin’s economy to improve in the next year – and only 12 percent think it will get worse.

Almost three-fourths of the respondents said their personal financial situations are either fair or good – and just over half expect it to stay the same over the next year. But there are signs that folks are still leery about the slow economic recovery.

48 percent said they had problems in the last six months in getting credit, paying the mortgage or utility bills, or saving for retirement. 47 percent said they’re still cutting back on non-essential items like restaurant meals and entertainment.

Joe Cera of UW-Milwaukee says Wisconsinites are generally optimistic, even though they believe the current recall fever is coloring the economic evaluations.

Just over three-fourths of those surveyed said the governor has a substantial impact on the Wisconsin economy – and 64 percent believe the Legislature has a big impact.