26% Say Personal Finances Getting Better; 30% Say Worse

Twenty-six percent (26%) of voters nationwide say their own personal finances are getting better. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 30% take the opposite view, saying their finances are getting worse. 

Those results are marginally better than the numbers from a month ago. However, this is the third consecutive survey showing more pessimism than optimism. That’s a big change from late July when 31% said their finances were getting better and just 26% said worse.

The current totals include 7% who say their finances are getting much better and 12% who say much worse. That’s a more negative assessment than last month.

Forty-three percent (43%) of voters rate their own personal finances as good or excellent. That’s up six points from a month ago but down six since April.

As for the overall economy, just 27% believe things are getting better while 52% think they are getting worse.

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Question 1:

How do you rate the U.S. economy these days?

4%    Excellent

20%    Good

32%    Fair

41%   Poor

3%    Not sure

Question 2:

Okay, is the U.S. economy getting better or worse these days?

5%    Much better

22%    Somewhat better

18%    About the same

28%    Somewhat worse

24%    Much worse

3%    Not sure

Question 3:

How do you rate your personal finances these days?

11%    Excellent

32%    Good

35%    Fair

21%    Poor

1%    Not sure

Question 4:

Are your personal finances getting better or worse these days?

7%    Much better

19%    Somewhat better

42%    About the same

18%    Somewhat worse

12%    Much worse

2%    Not sure

Question 5:

Is the United States currently in a recession?

40%    Yes

29%    No 

31%    Not sure


The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on November 4-7, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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