…bad demographic news:
Half of upstate residents believed the state economy worsened over the past year, while only 9 percent thought it had improved. Downstate, 27 percent of residents thought the economy had improved, while only 39 percent said it was worse. Meanwhile, 34 percent of New Yorkers expected the state economy to improve during the next year, up from about 23 percent in 2006 and the most optimistic outlook uncovered by the poll during its five years.
The optimism was greater downstate (39 percent) than upstate (26 percent) and is likely a carry over from a new governor taking office, [study director Yasamin] Miller said. Downstate residents may have been buoyed because that region has seen more of an economic resurgence than upstate, she said.
Gee, ya think??