Fox Business host on Fox poll showing many Americans are not financially stable: “The reality paints a much more significant, rosier picture”

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Citation From the August 16 edition of Fox News' America's Newsroom

BILL HEMMER (CO-ANCHOR): Explain this, Fox News polling, right. From a year ago September to now, on-screen here, how do you feel about your personal finances? Holding steady, 50 then, 50 now. Falling behind, 26 then, 26 now. Getting ahead, same number, 22%. How come?

CHARLES PAYNE (FOX BUSINESS HOST): You know, if we went right now and you and I in front of a major supermarket with a clipboard and asked people coming out of the supermarket, how do you feel about your car? They would say oh yeah, they would say you know what, now that you mention it, that left rear -- that little tire is a little wobbly, the windshield wipers don't work, but if you had done the same thing on the way in, they would love it. I mean, polls are one thing, right, especially when you ask people to consider how you're doing -- well, now that you mention it. But I think the evidence is pretty clear.

HEMMER: So you're saying there's always a "but" in that answer?

PAYNE: I'm saying that there's reality versus polls, and I'm saying the reality paints a much more significant, rosy picture. We just saw yesterday, American consumers are going to restaurants more than they eat at home, right, they're splurging on things.


PAYNE: I was ready to talk about Greenland, too. 

SANDRA SMITH (CO-ANCHOR): Oh, should it happen? 

PAYNE: Oh, if we could buy it, yeah, absolutely. It wouldn't be far-fetched.