AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - A poll by Auburn University finds an increasing level of pessimism among Alabamians regarding the economy. Auburn's Ask Alabama poll found that only 44 percent of those surveyed expect the economy to improve in the next 12 months. That's a drop of 11 percentage points from a comparable Auburn poll in July.
Auburn researchers reported that 46 percent said they were struggling to make ends meet. That was up from 42 percent in July. The random telephone poll of 615 adults was conducted statewide by Auburn's Center for Governmental Studies on Jan. 4-14. It has a sampling error margin of plus or minus 4 percentage points.