OTTAWA - A new poll suggests Canadians are becoming a little less frightened by the deep recession that has already cost almost 400,000 workers their jobs.

The Canadian Press Harris-Decima survey conducted last week suggests that although most Canadians believe the country is in recession, few think their family's main breadwinner will hurt.

Only 27 per cent of the 1,000 Canadians asked said they are concerned the main household breadwinner could lose his or her job.

Meanwhile, 68 per cent said they are not concerned and almost half said they are not concerned in the slightest.

As for the economy as a whole, two in three of the people polled said they believe the recession has hit or is close to hitting the bottom.

The survey was conducted between July 9 and July 12 and is considered accurate to within plus or minus 3.1 percentage points, 95 per cent of the time.