Americans Are Almost Evenly Split on the Country’s Economic Prospects

September 20, 2019

Americans’ optimism in the strength of the economy took a hit this month. Gallup’s economic confidence index fell seven points, marking the lowest reading since January’s government shutdown. Americans are almost evenly split on the likelihood of a recession, with 49 percent saying that one is at least “fairly likely” to hit next year. Half of Americans rank the economy as fair or poor, while an equal amount feels it is good or excellent. Americans were also nearly evenly split regarding the future of the economy. Forty-eight percent of Americans feel it is getting worse, while 46 percent feel it is getting better.

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