The Washington Times - January 16, 2014, 08:09AM

More than 40 percent of Americans say they’re worse off financially than they were a year ago — a shift away from a more positive outlook over the past two years, a new poll said.

Gallup says slightly more than a third of Americans say their financial situation has improved since last year.

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“Despite Americans’ more positive views of the overall U.S. economy in 2013, nearly two-thirds believe their personal financial situation deteriorated or was stable over the past year,” the polling group said.

Even so, a majority (55 percent) of Americans say they think the next year will be kinder to them and improve their financial station in life.

“Optimism about the future may still be the predominant feeling, but the overall positivity of the nation’s personal financial predictions appears to be easing, compared with the average during the past decade,” Gallup said.