The last decade: not so good

frown faceOnly 19 percent of New Yorkers in a recent Siena poll said their quality of life and that of the people around them had gotten better during the last 10 years. Thirty-nine percent said it was about the same. And 40 percent said it had gotten worse.

The responses from upstaters were even more grim. Just 11 percent reported quality of life was better. And 49 percent said things had gotten worse.

The groups with the highest percentages reporting quality of life improvements: people in the "other" ethnic category (31 percent), and people in the New York City (27 percent).

The groups with the highest percentages reporting thing had gotten worse: ages 50-64 (53 percent), and Republicans (52 percent).

Responses were more or less the same across income levels. Though only 13 percent of people in the $50k-100k range reported that things had gotten better for them (versus 20 percent in the group below, and 22 percent in the group above).

And what about over the next ten years? Responses were about equally split among better, about the same, and worse.

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