Americans’ financial outlook has improved somewhat but is still muted, causing a majority to plan to save more and continue to cut back on spending, a Harris Interactive survey of 2,331 adults in early December found.

When asked to compare their financial situation to last year, 42% feel less secure, an improvement from the 56% who shared that negative sentiment at the end of 2009. In addition, 19% feel more secure, and 36% feel just as secure as they did a year ago.

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