Consumer outlook: Gloomy

People are pulling back on spending, according to an exclusive Fortune poll, and that may help send the U.S. economy into tailspin.

Complete poll results Details on all questions and responses in exclusive Fortune poll. (more)
Recession near - or here Half of those survyed have cut their spending, which could make a slowdown worse. (more)
Free trade fears on the rise As the U.S. economy sputters, a poll shows Americans are becoming a country of economic nationalists. (more)