- Associated Press - Saturday, May 7, 2016

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) - A survey of New Hampshire residents shows that they remain optimistic about business conditions in the state, and the percentage expecting bad times is the lowest in over a decade.

When asked about their household finances, most New Hampshire adults think they are financially better off or about the same as they were a year ago. The percentage who say they are worse off - 26 percent - is the lowest it has been since July 2004.

Forty-three percent think businesses nationally are in for good times, 33 percent think businesses will have bad times and 24 percent think conditions will be mixed.

These findings are in the Business and Industry Association’s consumer confidence report, based on interviews conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center. From April 18 to May 3, 502 people were interviewed by phone. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.

“The latest results from the BIA Consumer Confidence Report once again reflect a pronounced dichotomy between optimism over New Hampshire’s economic outlook versus the US’s economic outlook,” BIA President Jim Roche said. “Perhaps this is because Granite Staters are less certain about policy leaders’ ability to work together in our nation’s capital to navigate long-term economic headwinds than they are about home state policy leaders’ ability to work together.”

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