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View Poll Results: How have you been affected by this downturn?
Yes, I lost everything or almost everything (job, home, car, etc) 3 4.35%
Yes, I lost my home 0 0%
Yes, my income stream has decreased and things are tight 14 20.29%
Yes, my income has decreased and I am getting behind 4 5.80%
No, but I am worried about my job and then I will be affected and likely get behind 8 11.59%
No, I have little or no debt and plenty of reserves, but I am still concerned 30 43.48%
No, I am not concerned at all, the economy will be bounce back 5 7.25%
No, what downturn? 5 7.25%
Voters: 69. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 03-01-2009, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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I thought I'd take you up and make a new poll.
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Old 03-01-2009, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Some place very cold
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Everyone is impacted by the downturn. It is just a matter to what degree. Some people can afford to pay more for groceries; whereas for others, it's enough to put them over the edge.
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Old 03-01-2009, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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I am concerned about others ,so I cose this one "No, I have little or no debt and plenty of reserves, but I am still concerned."
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Old 03-01-2009, 04:45 PM
Status: "happy again, no longer catless! t...." (set 13 days ago)
 
Location: Cushing OK
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I learned from the past and am preparing, but still worry. I still live from month to month so should things go bad I am making sure there is a fall back. I worry more about my son who has one more year of high school in cali to go and if it will be stripped bare. He's a very talented musician and I don't want to see this get pushed away. And for friends out there who no longer have their phone numbers. And for family who are hanging on by the fingernails. No man/woman is an island.
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Old 03-01-2009, 04:55 PM
Status: "The weather is beautiful:)" (set 1 day ago)
 
Location: Where the sun likes to shine!!
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My answer isn't on the poll.

Yes I am affected but not for the "above" reasons. I am debt free and my DH and I are retired which is great. We are affected because:

1. We have been waiting for years for the interest rates to go up and the government keeps interfering and they keep going down. So loss of some income from last year to this year.

2. Every time I go grocery shopping I cringe at the prices. If the prices haven't gone up then the packages have gotten smaller.

I am not complaining because I know I am very lucky to have what I have. Even so we are "all" affected one way or another and if you think you're not you will be.
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Old 03-03-2009, 05:20 PM
 
Location: The mountians of Northern California.
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I didn't see a box that really fits my situation, but I answered yes anyway. My husband works for the state of CA and his check this week reflected the 10% pay cut for state workers. We are frugal, so the cut hurts our savings/paying down a few medical bills. Otherwise everything else is the same. My brother and two BIL's have lost their jobs since the start of the year. I am thankful my husbands job is secure.
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Old 03-03-2009, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Conroe, TX
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I own two homes, my residence, and a rental, in California...

I work for a Chrysler / GM dealership.....


Any guesses if the downturn has affected me ?????

....no need to jump up and answer....take your time.......
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Old 03-03-2009, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Socialist Republik of Amerika
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I thought I'd take you up and make a new poll.
Thank you, much better!
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Old 03-03-2009, 08:47 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX (Oak Forest)
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10% pay cut but I had a 20% cushion so for now it just means less for savings each month.
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Old 03-04-2009, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Marion, IN
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I am self employed in a business that kind of depends on people having disposable income. Over the last couple of years my phone has been ringing less & less. These days it pretty much does not ring at all. There are no jobs here, not even in fast food or retail.

I am fortunate to own my house & car outright and have no credit card debt. Still I have to heat my house, buy food, care for my animals, and do all of the day to day things that cost money in life. My cushion is rapidly dwindling and yes, I do worry what the future holds.

At least I know that I can starve/freeze to death in my own house.
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