Fifty percent (50%) of voters nationwide rate the U.S. economy as good or excellent. A ScottRasmussen.com national opinion survey finds that 34% say the economy is in fair condition while 14% say poor (see question wording and topline results).
Thirty-six percent (36%) believe the economy is getting better while 25% say it’s getting worse. Republicans, by an 8-to-1 margin, believe the economy is getting better. A plurality of Democrats (43%) say it’s staying about the same. But, 36% of Democrats believe the economy is getting worse while just 17% think it’s getting better. Independent voters are evenly divided with a third saying better, a third worse, and the final third about the same (see crosstabs).
When it comes to personal finances, 52% rate their own situation as good or excellent, 31% say fair, and 16% poor. Thirty-three percent (33%) say their own finances are getting better while 19% say worse.
Once again, there is a massive partisan difference. Forty-eight percent (48%) of Republicans say their finances are getting better while only 9% say things are getting worse. Among Democrats, half (49%) see no change while the rest are evenly divided between better (24%) and worse (26%). Thirty percent (30%) of Independents believe their finances are getting better while 20% say worse.
This national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted August 15-16, 2018 for ScottRasmussen.com by HarrisX, a leading research company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and the Demographic profile of our sample). The Margin of Error is +/- 3.1 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.
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 polling data four to eight times each day. Data released earlier today shows that President Trump’s Job Approval rating is at 47%. Eighteen percent (18%) of Voters trust the federal government to do the right thing most of the time.
We also noted that the midterm elections may be determined by a group of voters that neither political party can comprehend: the 26% who don’t think things would be much different today if Hillary Clinton had won the 2016 presidential election.
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