- Associated Press - Sunday, June 7, 2015

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) - A new poll shows New Hampshire residents feel they are better off financially than they were a year ago, but they’re not as optimistic about the national economy.

The findings are based on the latest Business and Industry Association Report on Consumer Confidence, conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center.

Forty-two percent say they are better off now than they were a year ago; 27 percent say they are worse off; 31 percent say things are about the same. The number of those who think it’s better off is at its highest level in over a decade.

When asked how New Hampshire businesses will do over the next year, 49 percent of those polled think state businesses will enjoy good times financially, only 23 percent think they will experience bad times, and 28 percent anticipate mixed conditions.

Regarding the U.S. economy, 35 percent of residents think that businesses are in for good times; 35 percent think businesses will have bad times; 29 percent think conditions will be mixed.

“Five years after the recession, residents have a positive outlook; however, this is not reflected in their attitudes about the rest of the country, with more than a third remaining pessimistic about long-term business conditions, BIA President Jim Roche said. “This should remind state and national lawmakers of the importance of protecting the climate for job creation and enacting policies that support a strong economy in the future.”

The telephone poll of 567 adults had a sampling margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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