Poll Results: Current State of the US Economy


Updated (10/30/08)

  1. Do you consider yourself?

    Libertarian - 5.8%
    Traditional Conservative - 13.5%
    Moderate - 34.6%
    Liberal - 40.4%
    Other - 5.8%

  2. How concerned are you by the current state of the US economy?

    Extremely concerned - 69.2%
    Moderately concerned - 28.8%
    Not at all concerned - 1.9%

  3. Have current economic trends fundamentally altered your outlook on the US economy?

    Yes, it has made the economy seem less trustworthy - 69.2%
    No, it has not changed my view as it is common for economies to fluctuate - 28.8%
    Other - 1.9%

  4. As a result of the current economic situation, do you believe that the government should modify its market regulation policy?

    No, the current policy is fine the way it is - 7.5%
    Yes, the government should tighten regulations - 75.5%
    Yes, the government should loosen regulations - 5.7%
    Other - 11.3%

  5. If elected, which presidential candidate would be better suited to deal with the American economy?

    Not Sure - 13.5%
    Barack Obama - 61.5%
    John McCain - 11.5%
    Neither - 13.5%

  6. Will the current economic downturn have a long term impact on the international standing of the U.S. as a leading world power?

    Yes, the international standing will diminish - 57.7%
    No, the US will remain a leading world power - 42.3%

  7. To what extent has this economic situation affected you personally?

    Extremely affected - 5.8%
    Moderately affected - 71.2%
    Not affected at all - 23.1%

    8. How much blame do the two parties hold for the financial crisis?

Complete - 5.3%
Most - 47.4%
Some - 44.7%
None - 2.6%
Complete - 7.9%
Most - 18.4%
Some - 73.7%
None - 0%

    9. How much blame do the following actors hold for the financial crisis?

Wall Street Bankers
Complete - 20.5%
Most - 51.3%
Some - 28.2%
None - 0.0% 
Government Regulators 
Complete - 15.4%
Most - 30.8%
Some - 53.8%
None -  0%
Complete - 7.9%
Most - 23.7%
Some - 57.9%
None -  10.5%
Complete - 25.0%
Most - 37.5%
Some - 25.0%
None - 12.5%

    10. Do you think the US economy will recover in the...?

Coming month - 0%
Coming six months - 0%
Coming year - 37.5%
Over the next three years - 55.0%
Other - 7.5%

    11. How concerned are you that the financial crisis will ignite anti-Semitism in this country?

Very concerned - 12.5%
Somewhat concerned - 40.0%
Not concerned - 47.5%

See select results of other surveys taken on the subject of the economy.

CNN (9/23/08)

By a 2-to-1 ratio, Americans blame Republicans over Democrats for the financial crisis that has swept across the country the past few weeks, a new national poll suggests.

In a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey out Monday afternoon, 47 percent of registered voters questioned said Republicans are more responsible for the problems currently facing financial institutions and the stock market; only 24 percent said Democrats are more responsible.

Twenty percent blame both parties equally and 8 percent say neither party is to blame.

The poll also indicates more Americans think Obama, the Democratic presidential nominee, would do a better job handling an economic crisis than McCain, the Republican presidential nominee.

Forty-nine percent of those questioned said Obama, D-Illinois, would display good judgment in an economic crisis, six points higher than McCain, R-Arizona.

And Obama has a 10-point lead over McCain when it comes to who respondents think would better handle the economy overall.

The poll also sheds more light on how Americans feel about the financial crisis. Twenty-two percent said they are "frightened" by the crisis, while two-thirds said they are "concerned." Eleven percent said they are "not worried." iReport.com: Is the financial crisis hurting your business?

Most Americans think the programs to deal with the financial crisis currently being worked on by Congress and the Bush administration will be unfair to U.S. taxpayers, but they think those programs will help the economy.

Six in 10 think the federal government should step in and address the financial crisis, and 37 percent say the government should stay out. But when it comes to last week's bailouts, support slips to 55 percent. Given concerns about how future programs will affect taxpayers, it's conceivable that public support for the new government plans could be even lower.

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