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31% Say Bad Economy Has Brought Their Families Closer Together, 28% Say Opposite

Americans have mixed reactions when asked how the struggling economy is impacting their families.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of American Adults shows that 31% say the problems stemming from the economic recession have brought their family members closer together. Twenty-eight percent (28%) say economic problems have driven their family further apart, while 36% say the economy has had no impact on them. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Those findings are virtually identical to those found one year ago.

Higher-income adults are more likely to say the problems that have arisen out of the recession either have had no impact on their family or have brought it closer together.

Those who work for private companies are slightly more likely than government workers to report family problems due to the economy.

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The national survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on May 24-25, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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