PRINCETON, NJ -- Gallup's latest update on consumer confidence finds 41% of Americans describing current economic conditions as poor, and 83% saying the economy is getting worse. Both figures are in line with what Gallup has measured thus far in April, but on the more positive end of what have been highly negative ratings. Poor ratings of the economy have ranged from 41% to 44% this month, and the percentage saying the economy is getting worse has fallen in the 83% to 87% range. -- Jeff Jones
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 1,542 interviews conducted April 15-17, 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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