What’s not surprising about this CNBC poll is that more Americans are more pessimistic about the U.S. economy, but, what is surprising is how they’ve defined “wealthy”.
Nearly two-thirds of the nation (63 percent) is pessimistic about the current state of the economy and its future, with just 6 percent optimistic about both. The attitudes of wealthier Americans—those with incomes greater than $75,000 or more than $50,000 invested in the stock market—are now in line or even more downbeat than the nation as a whole.
Just 26 percent of Americans with incomes above $75,000 believe the economy will get better in the next year, four points below the national average. In December, it was five points above. For the first time in the survey’s five-year history less than half of those with $50,000 or more in stocks think it’s a good time to invest in the market.
Over the next year, most Americans think home prices will fall and wages will drop as they spend less, save less, and drive less while the number of these “wealthy” individuals using credit cards to help make ends meet almost doubled from 12 percent to 20 percent.