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Poll shows economic worries abound

By Megan Woolhouse
Globe Staff / April 21, 2011

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The economic recovery began nearly two years ago, yet anxiety remains high about jobs and making ends meet in households across Massachusetts, according to a survey by the public policy department at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Nearly two out of three people surveyed said they said they were “very concerned’’ about employment, while nearly one in three, 31 percent, worried that someone in their household might lose a job in the next three months. (The survey of 1,207 Massachusetts residents was conducted in February and March.)

About 60 percent of respondents said they were “very concerned’’ about the cost of health care, and more than half said they were “very concerned’’ about their ability to pay for higher education.

“Large numbers of Massachusetts households are worried about keeping their jobs and making ends meet in the current environment,’’ said professor Michael D. Goodman, chairman of the UMass Dartmouth Department of Public Policy and director of the poll.

“Working families across the state are also feeling the pressure of the rising cost of health care and higher education, and these pressures are contributing to a broad-based sense of economic anxiety.’’