Pessimism Growing About Economy

Twenty-five percent (25%) of voters nationwide say their own personal finances are getting better. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 33% take the opposite view, saying their finances are getting worse. 

Those results reflect a growing pessimism about the economy. As recently as late July 31% said their finances were getting better and just 26% said worse.

The current totals include 8% who say their finances are getting much better and 10% who say much worse. That’s also a more negative assessment than last month.

Thirty-seven percent (37%) of voters rate their own personal finances as good or excellent. That’s down nine points since July and down twelve points since April.

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Note: Neither Scott Rasmussen,, nor RMG Research, Inc. have any affiliation with Rasmussen Reports. While Scott Rasmussen founded that firm, he left more than seven years ago and has had no involvement since that time.


The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on October 5-6, 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.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 2.8 percentage points.

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