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The U.S. has reached 200,000 deaths from the coronavirus. Now experts are looking ahead, and the forecast for the fall and winter isn’t good.

USA TODAY

WASHINGTON – Most Americans have a pessimistic view of the economy as the nation continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic ahead of the November election, a new survey finds.

The nearly two in three (64%) Americans who believe the economy is worse than a year ago is a slight decline from June, according to a survey from the Democracy Fund + UCLA Nationscape Project. In June, that number was 73% of Americans. 

After many states ordered nonessential businesses like restaurants and movie theaters to shut down in March to help stop the spread of COVID-19, the economy sank into its deepest recession since the Great Depression. The country saw record unemployment.

States have slowly begun reopening businesses over the past several months