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Gallup Daily: Negative Consumer Views Persist

Based on polling conducted April 20-22, 2008

PRINCETON, NJ -- Americans' ratings of current economic conditions and their perceptions about the direction of the economy remain in the narrow range seen since the start of April. According to Gallup Poll Daily tracking from April 20-22, 42% of Americans give the economy a "poor" rating, and 84% think it is getting worse. -- Lydia Saad

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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 1,569 interviews conducted April 20-22, 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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