Editor's Viewpoint: Despite stresses, people of NI are contently pessimistic
It is little wonder that people in Northern Ireland are more pessimistic about the economy than their counterparts in other regions of the UK.
Worries about Brexit, public spending, energy and food bills reflect the sense of impotence felt by many people here on how to influence these factors. The lack of a local administration at Stormont feeds into that general feeling.
Many will feel that our pessimism is well-founded as we are used to paying more for food and fuel. The uncertainty over Brexit adds to the fears.
But on the positive side, more people here than in other parts of the UK say they are satisfied with life in general. That is what really matters.