Seventy-four percent of U.S. adults believe they are worse off or about the same financially as they were a year ago, according to a new survey for the American Institute of CPAs by Harris Poll, but stress levels about finances have not increased in the past year.

In both 2013 and 2014, 44 percent of U.S. adults said their stress about personal finance matters is somewhat or very high. The leveling off of anxiety about personal finances could indicate that Americans have changed their view of the financial norm and grown accustomed to some financial pain in their lives. The survey polled 1005 U.S. adults of age 18 and older in March and was done in recognition of National Financial Capability Month.

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