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Gallup Daily: Poor Economy Ratings Remain Above 40%

Based on polling conducted April 13-15, 2008

PRINCETON, NJ -- Gallup Poll Daily tracking finds 43% of Americans rating current economic conditions as "poor," compared with just 18% who rate them as "excellent" or "good". Poor ratings of the economy have exceeded 40% every day in April thus far. They have gone as high as 44%, and rank among the worst ratings Gallup has recorded in any polling on the economy. Eighty-five percent of Americans think the economy is getting worse. -- Jeff Jones

Survey Methods

For the Gallup Poll Daily tracking survey, 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 1,522 interviews conducted April 13-15, 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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