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Gallup Daily: 87% Continue to Say Economy Getting Worse

Gallup Daily: 87% Continue to Say Economy Getting Worse

Based on polling conducted May 24-25 and May 26, 2008

PRINCETON, NJ -- Gallup Poll Daily tracking on consumer attitudes finds no signs of change in the dour consumer outlook on the national economy, with 87% of Americans saying the economy is getting worse, and only 17% rating the economy as "excellent" or "good." Americans' economic perceptions have been exceedingly negative in recent months with, as noted, no indications that the public, at this point, sees any light at the end of the economic tunnel. -- Frank Newport

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 1,487 interviews conducted May 24-26, 2008. For results based on this sample, the maximum margin of sampling error is ±3 percentage points.

Interviews are conducted with respondents on land-line telephones (for respondents with a land-line telephone) and cellular phones (for respondents who are cell-phone only).

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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