Gallup Daily: 88% "Getting Worse" Rating Ties 2008 High

Based on polling conducted May 25 and May 27-28, 2008

PRINCETON, NJ -- Gallup Poll Daily tracking shows 88% of Americans say the economy is getting worse, matching the high for the year. Forty-five percent rate current economic conditions "poor," while only 16% say they are either "excellent" or "good." -- 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 1,471 interviews conducted May 25 and May 27-28, 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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