Forty-seven (47%) of voters nationwide rate the U.S. economy as good or excellent. A Job Creators Network ScottRasmussen.com survey of 1,102 adults found that 36% rate the economy as fair while 14% say poor.
These figures are slightly improved from the last week in December but reveal less optimism than was consistently found last fall.
There is a significant gender gap on perceptions of the economy. Fifty-six percent (56%) of men believe the economy is good or excellent but only 38% of women agree. This gap mirrors perceptions of whether or not our economic system is fair to most voters. Men tend to say it is fair while women disagree.
That gender gap is also found in perceptions of where the economy is heading. Men, by a 40% to 27% margin, believe it is getting better. Women, by a similar 39% to 26% margin, believe the economy is getting worse. Among all adults, the totals show 33% believe it is getting better and another 33% say it’s getting worse.
The gender gap is much smaller when considering personal finances. Overall, 49% rate their own finances as good or excellent. That total includes 51% of men and 48% of women.
Men, by a 35% to 18% margin, believe their finances are getting better. Women are a bit less optimistic. Still, 28% of women believe their finances are getting better while 21% take the opposite view (see crosstab results).
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The national survey of 1,102 Adults was conducted January 7-8, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a Margin of Error of +/-3.0 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.
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