Portraits

Three poll respondents explain their answers and their thoughts on their jobs and the economy.
Abed

Saba Abed, 57

College Arabic Instructor
Washington, D.C.

If you had to use one word to describe your own personal financial situation these days, what would it be?

Good.

All in all, how financially secure do you feel?

Somewhat secure.

Are you personally hopeful that your financial situation will improve?

I don't know. I'm kind of getting older. I'm winding down. I don't have any aspirations.

Are you better off than your parents were when they were at your stage of life?

The same. My father was a reporter and a teacher and he wasn't very rich, but we felt like we were very rich.

Do you think your children will be better off than you are?

Hard to say. I mean right now they seem better off, but their job securities are not good anymore. You don't know how long they're going to be better off.

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