Siena poll: Economic outlook dismal for upstate New Yorkers, seniors

Squeezed by rising gas and grocery costs, upstate New Yorkers,

Seniors and lower-income households have the lowest optimism on the economy in more than a decade.

According to the latest poll by the Siena College Research Institute,

The state Index of Consumer Sentiment now stands at 61.7 down 6.3 points 

From the last measurement in the first quarter of 2022.

Future confidence in New York is below the breakeven point of balanced optimism and pessimism 

But still 20.1 points higher than a national low of future confidence not seen in the 23 years Siena

Has tracked New York state and national consumer sentiment.