Strong Economy Seen Through Partisan Lens

The Job Creators Network/ScottRasmussen.com Weekly Pulse, released every Thursday morning, continues to show evidence of a very strong economy.

Results from the survey conducted October 22-23, 2018 show:

  • Fifty-six percent (56%) rate the economy as good or excellent while 11% see it as poor.
  • Forty-one percent (41%) say the economy is getting better while 20% believe it is getting worse.
  • Fifty-one percent (51%) rate their own personal finances as good or excellent; 14% say poor.
  • Thirty-two percent (32%) believe their finances are getting better; 17% say worse.
  • Forty-nine percent (49%) believe firms in their area are hiring while 16% see layoffs.

These results are little changed from a week ago.

In this politically polarized era, it should come as no surprise that there are significant differences of opinion about the economy along partisan lines. Republicans, by a 74% to 11% margin believe the economy is getting better rather than worse. Democrats, by a narrower 30% to 21% margin, believe it is getting worse. Thirty-seven percent (37%) of Independent voters believe the economy is getting better while 17% say the opposite.

On questions about personal finances, the gaps are smaller but still significant. Forty-five percent (45%) of Republicans say their finances are getting better while 11% say worse. Democrats (27% better/ 22% worse) and Independents (28% better/12% worse) are more evenly divided (see question wording and crosstab results).

Other data from the survey showed that there is a lot of confusion about “Medicare for All”. Voters aren’t sure what it means and aren’t excited about paying for it.

The mission of ScottRasmussen.com is to enhance the public dialogue through data-driven analysis that explores the underlying currents of public opinion (read About Us). We release new data daily and you can receive the latest insights via email each morning

This survey of 1,110 U.S. Adults conducted October 22-23, 2018 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology).

Neither Scott Rasmussen nor ScottRasmussen.com has any relationship with Rasmussen Reports® (see About Us).

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