Americans’ Economic Optimism Faded in 2018

December 17, 2018

While 2018 saw Wall Street hit record highs and unemployment drop to the lowest point in decades, Americans are increasingly worried about 2019’s prospects. A new poll conducted by the Wall Street Journal and NBC News found that only 28 percent of Americans think the economy will improve next year. 37 percent believe it will stay about the same, and 33 percent think that it will get worse.

This is a steep drop off from when the same poll was conducted at the beginning of the year. In January, 35 percent of Americans thought the economy would improve and only 20 percent worried that it would get worse. 43 percent thought it would stay the same.

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