Half of Washington households worse off than in 2008, poll finds

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by ROBERT MAK / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on August 12, 2010 at 5:23 PM

SEATTLE – A new KING 5 News poll finds half of Washington residents believe their households are worse off than they were two years ago.

The poll, conducted by SurveyUSA, finds that 38 percent say they're doing about the same as two years ago while 11 percent say they are better off.

As people in Washington state wait for signs of recovery, their approval of Governor Chris Gregoire has fallen below 30-percent. President Obama's approval has declined as well.

Forty-nine percent of those polled say Obama as done about what they expected, but 38 percent say their expectations have not been met. Thirteen percent say he's done better than expected.

Russ Van Moppes, a Sammamish resident and retired investment adviser says he's worried about the economy.

"For probably the second time in my life, I am fearful," says Van Moppes. He can tell unemployment is high and he has growing doubts about Obama's stimulus package.

George Mason University professor and historian Rick Shenkman says President Obama's stimulus plan is not comparable to President Franklin Roosevelt's new deal.

"FDR was perceived as a president who was helping ordinary folks through very hard times. That was not Barack Obama's barometer. There were many other things that he was doing. He was not perceived to be helping ordinary people through hard times," said Shenkman.

Pres. Obama will spend a few hours in the Puget Sound area next Tuesday campaigning for Senator Patty Murray.

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