Gallup Daily: Record Level of Pessimism About Economy

Based on polling conducted March 10-12, 2008

PRINCETON, NJ -- Eighty-six percent of Americans say the U.S. economy is getting worse, the highest level of pessimism in the Gallup Poll Daily tracking report on the economy since its inception on Jan. 2 of this year. -- Frank Newport

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 10-12, 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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