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Poll: Spending up over holiday season

The survey showed 67 percent of people worry about food costs and 53 percent about gas, but Levy said the Manhattan cohort drags the fuel number down due to a large degree of public transportation.

"Nearly one in three New York households report a member getting a second job over the last six months to make ends meet while 23 percent have had a job loss and 26 percent have suffered a cut back in work hours," the survey concluded.

"Guarded economic optimism is making a comeback. Sixty percent of New Yorkers, up from 49 in August, now expect to be better off financially in a year's time. And despite ongoing job pressures, more New Yorkers now see the economic glass as half full as compared with those that see it as half empty," said Levy.

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