Economy

Gallup Daily: 86% Say Economy Getting Worse

Based on polling conducted May 18-20, 2008

PRINCETON, NJ -- American consumers continue to express pessimism about the economy, with 42% describing current conditions as "poor" and 86% saying the economy is getting worse. These attitudes have shown only minor variation since the beginning of April. -- 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 1,532 interviews conducted May 18-20, 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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