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Pollster Stuart Elway put an exclamation point on what many Washington state residents are feeling. Expectations about the future are at an all-time low.

WASHINGTONIANS are smart enough to know instinctively — without a poll — that expectations about the future are down in the dumps. Way, way down.

Pollster Stuart Elway put an exclamation point on what many people feel. His latest poll asks voters if they expect things to get better during the next year for the country, the state, community and their own households.

The optimism — or, in this case, pessimism — index plunged below zero, the lowest since he began polling in 1991. (Yes, even lower than the depths of the Great Recession in 2008 and 2009.)

Statewide, voters have what you might call recession fatigue. They expected things to be better by now, but that’s not really happening. We all know about recessions. They come, they go. They are not supposed to last this long.  read more

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