Though the savants at the National Bureau of Economic Research declared this week that the recession officially ended in June 2009, their opinion is unlikely to win much agreement from the public at large. In a Marist Poll conducted in the middle of this month, 80 percent of respondents said they think the U.S. "is currently in a recession."

Just 18 percent said it's not, with the other 2 percent undecided. In other words, amid economists' worries about a "double dip" in which the economy slides back into recession, a majority of people think we're still in Dip No. 1.

Among respondents whose yearly household income is under $50,000, 75 percent said they think the country is now in a recession. But an even larger proportion (85 percent) of those in the $50,000-plus bracket voiced the same opinion.

Surveys have tended to show women gloomier than men about the economy and its effects on their own finances, but there was little gender gap in this Marist Poll: 81 percent of women said we're still in a recession, as did 79 percent of men.

Belief that the economy remains in recession was also consistent across all age groups in the survey. Seventy-seven percent of the 18-29-year-olds said the country is now in a recession, and so did 79 percent of the 30-44-year-olds, 82 percent of the 45-59s and 80 percent of those 60 and older.

There was a degree of regional variation in the survey's findings. Respondents in the Northeast were the most likely to think the country is currently in a recession (84 percent), while those in the Midwest were the least likely (72 percent, vs. 82 percent in both the South and the West).

It's not as though people think the economy has hit bottom and is languishing there. Instead, many expect it to sink further. Asked whether they believe "the worst is yet to come" or "the worst is over," 52 percent of respondents endorsed the former view, while 44 percent picked the latter and the rest were unsure.