Gallup Daily: Only 15% Say Economy is Excellent or Good

Based on polling conducted May 10-12, 2008

PRINCETON, NJ -- Only 15% of Americans rate economic conditions as either "excellent" or "good," matching the low for the year. Forty-four percent describe the economy as poor, only three percentage points better than the worst rating thus far in 2008.

Meanwhile, 87% of Americans say economic conditions are getting worse. The most negative rating on this measure is the 88% from Monday's release. -- Jeff Jones

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 1,493 interviews conducted May 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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