The fourth weekly update of the Job Creators Network/ScottRasmussen.com Weekly Pulse shows that 57% of Americans rate the U.S. economy as good or excellent. Just 12% rate it as poor.
The 57% number is up a couple of points from a week ago and marks a high point over the four weeks of the Pulse poll. But the strong positive outlook has remained consistent in each weekly survey.
Focusing on personal economic outlook, 51% of voters say their finances are good or excellent and just 16% say they are poor. That’s also steady over the last four weeks with a slight uptick in the positive outlook this week.
Finally, more voters (46%) believe companies are more likely to hire new workers than respondents who believe companies are more likely to lay off workers (15%). That three-to-one margin has also held steady over the last four weeks (see question wording and topline results, also, a week-by-week summary).
This national survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted October 1-2, 2018 for ScottRasmussen.com by HarrisX, a leading research company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology) The Margin of Error is +/- 3.1 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.
Sixty-three percent (63%) of men rate the economy as good or excellent along with 50% of women (see crosstabs).
Good news about the economy has been coming in from several fronts in recent days, with unemployment at record lows and the economy growing at a hefty 4.2% clip according to the latest government statistics. Payroll processing firm ADP reported Wednesday that private sector companies added 230,000 net new jobs in September, 45,000 more than expected.
Other data from the survey showed that very few Americans believe public schools are doing an adequate job of teaching students how to manage their personal finances.
This weekly data is released by a new partnership between ScottRasmussen.com and the Job Creators Network Foundation (JCNF). That foundation is an educational resource for small businesses and employees. We will repeat five standard questions every week to measure trends in the economic perceptions of everyday Americans.