I did a Google search on “economy better or worse” and the first article that caught my attention was one on CNN Politics posted in the Political Ticker Blog titled “CNN Economy Poll: Are you better or worse off than last year?” http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/06/19/cnn-economy-poll-are-you-better-or-worse-off-than-last-year/ . In the Political Ticker Blog the first paragraph reads “Washington (CNN) – Call it a mixed bag. According to the article there are still minorities, but an increasing number of Americans say economic conditions right now are good, according to the new national poll. But a CNN/ORC International survey http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2013/images/06/19/rel7c.pdf released indicates that a plurality of the public say they are personally worse off than they were a year ago.
Also in my Google search I found Gallup Daily: U.S. Economic Outlook on http://www.gallup.com/poll/110824/gallup-daily-us-economic-outlook.aspx which displayed a chart trend spanning from February 2008 to February 2014, the caption underneath the chart reads “Gallup tracks daily the percentage of Americans who think that the economic conditions in the country as a whole are getting better or getting worse. The results are reported here and also included in Gallup’s Economic Confidence Index. Daily results are based on telephone interviews with approximately 1,500 national adults; Margin of error is ±3 percentage points.” The chart shows that 58% in favor of getting worse.
So what signs that stand out to me that the economy is getting worst? Seeing stores like meat markets and dollar stores closing in my neighborhood, living next door to families who have more than 5 people living in an 2 bedroom apartments, passing by Payday Loan stores that has closed; which I can understand why they would have to close because people do not have jobs how can they apply for a Payday Loan and last but certainly not least I passed by a Used Car Sales lot that was once full of cars, now completely empty.
Another more serious proof to me that the economy is getting worst is the type of crimes that are making headlines now. Crimes like home invasions during the daytime, murder-suicides at least once an week in almost every news broadcast, more reports on drug overdose and more fatal domestic violence cases; a crime that was already on the rise according an article in the San Jose Mercy News titled “Domestic-violence killings in Santa Clara County increase” written by Tracey Kaplan http://www.mercurynews.com/crime-courts/ci_25126756/domestic-violence-killings-santa-clara-county-increase .