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Household Finances


A new poll by NBC News and Marist College examines some of the financial difficulties Americans are facing today. In the poll, 24 percent of adults described their own financial situation as strong, 39 percent somewhat strong, 20 percent somewhat weak, and 17 percent weak. In another question, 9 percent said that the amount of money they owed overwhelmed them, while 35 percent said it was manageable but still worried them. Fifty-five percent of respondents said their debt was under control. Sixty-three percent said they were eating out less compared to a year ago, and 64 percent said they had postponed buying a big ticket item like a TV or new car for financial reasons.