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Hello! This is Connie Reimers-Hild with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension at the Kimmel Education and Research Center in Nebraska City, NE and host of the television show Market Journal with your Extension Update. Today, I am going to update you on some of the results of the well-being section of the 2011 Nebraska Rural Poll. This particular section of the poll will detail the 2,490 responses from the 2011 Poll.
With all the negativity these days, I get to be the bearer of positive news, which is great! The 2011 Rural Poll found that most rural Nebraskans believe they are better off than they were five years ago. Over one‐half (52%) of rural Nebraskans believe they are better off than they were five years ago, up from 50 percent last year. This represents the second highest proportion of persons believing they are better off compared to five years ago in the study’s history (behind 53% occurring in 2008). This is a really interesting finding considering the state of the economy.