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Poll: Majority of Florida voters say recession is still hurting their pocketbooks

Officially, the U.S. recession ended in June 2009, but an overwhelming majority of Florida voters say the economic malaise is far from over.

That was the sentiment of a whopping 88 percent of those surveyed by Suffolk University pollsters, who released their findings on Wednesday. Only 4 percent of those interviewed said the recession was history.

The statewide survey was done in partnership with WSVN-Miami, 7NEWS, and has a margin of error margin of +/- 3.5 percent. Polled were 800 Florida voters between Oct. 26-30.

"When the margin of error is only 3.5 percent, you can't get much lower than 4 percent,” said David Paleologos, director of the Political Research Center at Boston’s Suffolk University.  “Voters continue to feel the pinch in Florida, and that results in some strong opinions on how the country and the state spend revenue.”

The poll also found that Florida voters favor stopping foreign aid in light of the U.S. deficit, and many believe that the Republican Party is stalling efforts to jumpstart the economy for political reasons.

Nearly three-quarters (74 percent) of those polled said that monetary assistance to other countries should be discontinued until the United States can pay its own bills.  That opinion came from every major demographic including gender, age, area, race and political party, according to the pollster.

“Charity begins at home,” said Paleologos.  “Voters are saying they don’t want money going overseas until the United States takes care of itself first.”

Read more Suffolk University/WSVN-Miami 7NEWS poll results