AOL.com has this bizarre survey question
. The unemployment rate is 6.7 percent and probably about one percentage point of that increase is due to the 50 percent increase in unemployment benefits. The inflation rate is very low, the core inflation rate is about 2 percent. GDP is probably going down right now, but the media has been talking about it declining for a year-and-a-half. Obviously this isn't a scientific survey and obviously this question was drummed up by the people at the Huffington Post, but 65,978 people have participated in the survey and by a slight 45 to 44 percent margin people say that they think that this is "the worst ever" economic downturn.