Gallup Daily: 87% Say U.S. Economy Getting Worse

Based on polling conducted May 7-9, 2008

PRINCETON, NJ -- Eighty-seven percent of Americans now say that the U.S. economy is getting worse, duplicating the highest reading on this negative measure so far this year in Gallup Poll Daily tracking. Forty-three percent of Americans rate current economic conditions as "poor", while only 15% rate them "excellent" or "good". -- 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 1,479 interviews conducted May 7-9, 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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