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Gallup Daily: "Poor" Ratings of Economy Going Up

Based on polling conducted April 1-3, 2008

PRINCETON, NJ -- The percentage of Americans describing current economic conditions as "poor" has inched back up to 42%, two points below the year's high. Just 19% believe the economy is in "excellent" or "good" condition. Eighty-three percent of Americans believe the economy is getting worse. The high of 87% was observed in mid-March. -- Jeff Jones

Survey Methods

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 1,472 interviews conducted April 1-3, 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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