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Gallup Daily: “Poor” Rating of Economy Inches Up

Based on polling conducted March 11-13, 2008

PRINCETON, NJ -- The percentage of Americans branding the U.S. economy "poor" is now 41% in Gallup Poll Daily tracking from March 11-13, the highest of the year so far.

The corollary finding to this record-high negative economic evaluation is that the 17% who call the economy "excellent" or "good" is the lowest of the year. An additional 42% of Americans characterize current economic conditions as "only fair."

Americans remain mostly pessimistic about the outlook for the economy, with 85% saying it is getting worse. -- Lydia Saad

Methodology: Gallup is interviewing no fewer than 1,000 U.S. adults nationwide each day during 2008. The economic questions analyzed in this report are asked of a random half-sample of respondents. The results reported here are based on combined data from 1,482 interviews conducted March 11-13, 2008. For results based on this sample, the maximum margin of sampling error is ±3 percentage points. In addition to sampling error, question wording and practical difficulties in conducting surveys can introduce error or bias into the findings of public opinion polls.

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