Most Americans who've been unemployed for a long stretch of time aren't ready to accept the fact that they'll never find work again.
However, a Harris Poll of 1,500 unemployed adult Americans shows they're still very discouraged by their current state of affairs.
The degree of this discouragement is evidenced by the 47 percent who admitted, "I’ve completely given up on looking for a job."
This could have to do with the fact that 46 percent of those surveyed said they haven't had a job interview in the past month with another 23 percent conceding their last interview was in 2012.
Meanwhile, six of ten respondents to the Harris Poll acknowledge looking for work is tougher than they expected while ten percent contend it's been easier.
Despite all this seeming gloom and doom among the long-term unemployed, of which only 20 percent are currently receiving unemployment benefits, just over nine in ten somewhat optimistically agreed with the statement, "I’m hopeful that I will find a job I really want in the next six months."