PRINCETON, NJ -- The mounting percentage of Americans calling economic conditions "poor" has now reached a new high for 2008, of 42%.
Another 41% of Americans call conditions "only fair," leaving just 17% rating them "good" or "excellent."
Economic pessimists continue to outnumber optimists by nearly 10 to 1. Eighty-six percent of Americans say the economy is getting worse, compared with only 9% saying it is getting better and 3% saying it is holding steady. -- 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 1,476 interviews conducted March 14-16, 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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