Portraits

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

Alison Pearce, 36

Part-time Naturalist
Garrett Park, Md.

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

Comfortable.

All in all, how financially secure do you feel?

Very Secure.

Are you personally hopeful that your financial situation will improve?

Yes.

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

Yes. My grandparents weren't in the situation to be able to help my parents financially when they were starting out in life. I've been lucky to have a lot of help from my family.

PHOTO: Kevin Clark -- The Washington Post

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