Two-thirds of US would struggle to cover $1,000 emergency

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NEW YORK (AP) — Two-thirds of Americans would have difficulty coming up with the money to cover a $1,000 emergency, according to an exclusive poll conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. It’s a sign that despite years of recovery from the Great Recession, Americans’ financial condition remains as precarious as ever.

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The difficulties are found at all income levels, according to the poll. Seventy-five percent of people in households making less than $50,000 a year would have difficulty coming up with $1,000 to cover an unexpected bill. But when income rose to between $50,000 and $100,000, that figure decreased only modestly to 67 percent.

Americans’ frustrations about the economy and their financial futures have become a dominant theme in this year’s presidential election, as millions have felt left behind in this post-recession economy.