April 16th, 2010
08:22 AM ET
5 years ago

Americans more optimistic about the economy, says poll

Washington (CNN) - Americans appear slightly more optimistic about the economy than they did at the start of the year, according to a new national poll.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday morning indicates that 19 percent of the public now says that an economic recovery is underway.

"While that's not a great number, it's significantly higher than the 12 percent who felt that way in January," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

Thirty-four percent of people questioned in the poll says the economy is still in a downturn, but that's dropped five points from the 39 percent who felt that way at the start of the year.

According to the survey, nearly half the public says that a recovery has not started but that conditions have stabilized. The 46 percent who said the economy's stabilized is down three points from January.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted April 9-11, with 1,008 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


Filed under: CNN poll • Economy
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. hongli

    Don't tell this news to the Republicans and the the Ding-Nuts on the So-Called "Tea Party Movement".

    April 16, 2010 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  2. PULEEEZZZ!! lets tell some truth

    WE need to MAKE things in the USA and also change our self defeating trade laws.. Reaganomics has proved to be a bust, the USA gave itself away. China is eating our lunch.. How did this happen?? I blame the republicans, with a bit of Clinton's bad thinking thrown in there too.

    April 16, 2010 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  3. AXH

    Why don't you call to my house, where my husband is unemployed and my expenses keep going up?!?

    Where's this economic upturn? I don't see it!

    My of my neighbors don't see it!

    April 16, 2010 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  4. Republicans Morons of the World

    Americans see the economy is on the way up, Republicans chances for the Fall election disappear as Americans realize Obama was right all along and Republicans as usual were all wrong.

    April 16, 2010 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  5. johnnyhouse

    The economy will heal itself inspite of Obama and his attempt to break the government and redistribute all the money to his voters.

    April 16, 2010 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  6. Doug

    So the 19 % still have jobs.....no surprise here, the problem is you either do or you don't. My President Obama is only concerned with winning votes on the hill and the elections that follow. He has misplaced his priorities badly. As a democrat, he has lost his way.

    April 16, 2010 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  7. Dave

    It is simply astounding how, when a Democrat is in ofice, the main stream media will try to put a positive spin on things much more often. The prrof is in the numbers over the last 20+ years. They do this on a 2-1 margin.

    Seriouosly, 19% and you are touting this as a positive outlook?
    Ridiculous.

    April 16, 2010 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  8. Michael

    I can feel and smell the economic recovery,nay sayers and the republicans ll be put to shame .

    April 16, 2010 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  9. johnnyhouse

    No one with money to invest trust this government. No one knows what he is going to tax next. Breaking the people who create jobs will not do it. They can invest their money in other governments off shore .401Ks went South when the big people pulled out of the market when they saw the way the election was going.The money is still there but only a fool would invest in this administration and the bunch he hired to redistribute your wealth. If you wanted a third world government you got it. Welfare and more of it will not create jobs.

    April 16, 2010 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  10. ran

    Let's see how the Republicans spin this poll news, seeing they accept the negative results as reason to switch to their fear/hate/obstructionist/purity party. Does that mean we should continue to support this President and true Democrats? I know I will be. How about the rest of you out there who want our government to work for us all not just the special interest groups.

    April 16, 2010 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  11. Al-NY,NY

    Oh no...what will the tea-ba#gers and their handlers the GOP say now??

    April 16, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  12. James Steward

    If Americans are more optomistic about the economy, then why all the complaining about Pres. Obama. Why the Tea Party movement, unless there are other motives at work here.

    April 16, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  13. NotFooledTX

    Regardless of the irrational vitriol, you can't escape reality. We've turned the corner and it's looking up.

    April 16, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  14. Todd

    Thank god for the government stepping in and staving off the 2nd great depression. Lets hope they now have the will to regulate the crooks on Wall St. that caused this mess in the first place.

    April 16, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  15. jeremiah

    and two months later that number will rise, and so will the approval of the dem congress and the pres.. and as that number rises the tea party will diminish in enthusuism

    April 16, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  16. terry,va.

    Meanwhile.....the first time unemployment claims continue to go up each week, unemployment benefits extended to people who have been off work for almost 2 years, and the national debt is exploding through the roof.

    April 16, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  17. Stacie

    Contrary to what the GOP, and more specifically, the tea partiers want to hear, the country is getting back on the right track. I hope y'all enjoy your tax decrease this year....

    April 16, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  18. Barricades of fear block the mind

    2/3 of the economic activity is based simply upon consumer perception. As soon as the 2010 elections and mudslinging subsides, (and the apocalypse fails to materialize lol) ,the economy will magically improve.

    April 16, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  19. Carl

    People are optomistic because the numbers are trending up and although many people lie, the numbers don't.

    We are not where we should be as a country, but in March of 2009 the Dow was at one of it's lowest points in a while...now the Dow is over 11K. WOW.

    Things are turning up and I'm not sure who you give that credit too...I know Pres. Obama and his admin has taken many hits over bailouts, etc...but do they also get credit for the change in the economy?

    April 16, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  20. Mike

    Yes, we have hope because in November we will be sending alot of the liberals back home from both houses of congress. Then in 2012 we will send the biggest tax and spender(nobamby)back home also.

    April 16, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  21. phoenix86

    Good deal. That should help Americans swallow the coming tax increases and reduced health care coverage that Obama has promised.

    April 16, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  22. Save 'em in the womb, so a "christian" holy war can send 'em to the tomb

    I certainly am more positive I just spent 880 dollars on plantation shutters for my living room window yesterday.

    The installer was training a helper because of the increasing install volume.

    The backlog for the 2 kitchen windows is 2 months at the manufacturer.

    Hardly "must have" items and I obviously am not the only one with a positive outlook for the economic future.

    IRA was 65K is now 64K, of course, I will admit I aged a decade in year it took it to recover!

    Thanks, again President Obama the "porkulus" bill is bring home the "bacon"!.

    April 16, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  23. Anonymous

    I'm surprised only 19 percent say they see the economy has gotten better unless of course they were making a political statement rather than actualy answering the question.
    Stocks are up. Spending is up. Housing sales are up.Travel is at record levels.
    If popel think thatwe will go back to pre- recession type job numbers, then thye have learned nothing. Wasteful spending is down and savings is up and that is what will make this recovery stronger but longer.

    April 16, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  24. Tulsa

    Yes, the years of Republican mismanagement are going to take time to undo, but we are on the right track.
    Thank you Mr. President.

    April 16, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  25. JIm,VIRGINIA

    Not a surprise.Concidering the fact that the media and AP have been putting out embellished stories,one after the other, telling Americans we are in an economic recovery.In our area people are still being laid off and those that are unemployed still can't find work !!!

    April 16, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
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