80 Percent of Americans Think We're Still in Recession

CNN's headline is Uptick in economic optimism. But with 78 percent of the public believing we're still in a recession (technically, we're not) this improvement is hard to cheer.

Most Americans believe that the country is still in a recession, but one in five now say that the recession is over - the highest number since October, 2008, and double the number who felt that way last May, according to a new national poll.

The psychological mancession/shecovery dichotomy is still very alive:

The number of women who think the recession is over has grown eight points since December; among men, there was virtually no change.

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Derek Thompson is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where he writes about economics, labor markets, and the entertainment business.

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