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• 38 percent of Americans overall say their “confidence is shaken” in the U.S. economy.

• 46 percent of tea partyers, 44 percent of Republicans, 43 percent of conservatives, 29 percent of Democrats and 26 percent of liberals agree.

• 31 percent overall say an economic recovery has not started but conditions have stabilized

• 16 percent of tea partyers, 24 percent of Republicans, 22 percent of conservatives, 41 percent of Democrats and 37 percent of liberals agree.

Source: A CNN/Opinion Research Center poll of 1,008 adults conducted Aug. 5 to 7.

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