Gallup Daily: 83% Say Economy Getting Worse

Based on polling conducted March 30-April 1, 2008

PRINCETON, NJ -- Americans remain deeply pessimistic about the state of the U.S. economy, with 83% saying the economy is getting worse and only 18% willing to rate current economic conditions as "excellent" or "good" in Gallup Poll Daily tracking. Monday night interviewing did not reflect any significant gains in consumer confidence coming on the heel of Monday's large gains in major stock market indices. It will be several days before the full impact, if any, of Monday's announcement of a major federal initiative to more fully regulate business and the investment community is reflected in the data. -- Frank Newport

Survey Methods

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 1,513 interviews conducted March 30-April 1, 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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